An­drea Dovizioso

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You’d have got very good odds on Dovi be­ing a dou­ble Mo­togp race win­ner at the start of the sea­son, let alone ac­tu­ally win­ning the ti­tle. But the Du­cati rider put to­gether two stun­ning per­for­mances at Mugello and Barcelona to dou­ble his win tally in only a week – and to es­tab­lish him­self as a dark horse for the 2017 ti­tle.

He’s adamant that he’s not yet ready to be there week in and week out, de­spite Du­cati con­tin­u­ing to im­prove their Des­mosedici. They’ve still got is­sues, mainly the mid-cor­ner steer­ing prob­lem, but un­der the ge­nius of Du­cati boss Gigi Dall’igna, those is­sues seem to be get­ting a lit­tle bit less of a prob­lem.

And here’s the thing about the top­sy­turvy world of Mo­togp in 2017 – you no longer need to be win­ning races ev­ery week­end to be in with a shout for the ti­tle. Dovi is one of the smartest rid­ers on the grid, there’s no-one who knows how to bide their time quite like the 31-year-old Ital­ian, and that’s a strength that could well put him in the mix for top hon­ours.

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