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If there is a pilot who captures glances but tries to go unnoticed, it is Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian faces the 2018 season of MotoGP World Championship as the only rider who has been able to quarrel with Marc Márquez and put pressure on him until the last race of the year. Now Dovizioso wants to go for everything, but he does not seek to be the center of attention.
Marc Márquez has not been slow to point out Dovizioso as the rival to beat Since the first race in Qatar in two weeks, something that the Italian confesses that "I like to hear that others see it that way, it is positive", but true to his style, the Ducati is cautious when it comes to setting goals.
I am satisfied. We have a good rhythm and times go easily
Despite the fact that he has not gone any day to rest with the best weather, Dovizioso assured that "perhaps the one in Qatar was the best test I've done in my entire career, although I want to keep my feet on the ground. "The balance of number 04 is positive, and no wonder. Dovizioso finished second in the combined behind Johann Zarco and with very good race pace.
Nonconformist and cautious, Dovizioso assured that "I am happy with the work we have done, but up to a point"
"I'm very happy. We have a good rhythm and the times come out easily, but you have to see what happens in the race. The tension, the management of the weekend … that influences us all especially in the first race of the year ", commented Dovi.
In any case, Dovizioso feels ready to face the first race with options on the Losail track if the track is in these conditions. " If the conditions change we will see what happens, but it will be something that influences us all equally and we will have to check at what level we are and what the rest is, "he stressed.
Still have not made a firm decision, but in Borgo Panigale's garage they have worked until the last lap to find which fairing and which chassis they should use for the season. Davide Tardozzi assured that they have not reached any definitive conclusion and that the door remains open for Dovizioso and Lorenzo to use different solutions for both the fairing and the frame.