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Motorcycles Andrea Dovizioso: Okay clavicle, but rear tire remains a problem

19:16  16 july  2020
19:16  16 july  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Physically, Andrea Dovizioso sees no problems, but the new tire is a headache - Michelin believes "Dovi" has to correctly interpret the tire

Two weeks after his collarbone operation, Andrea Dovizioso was back on his Ducati Desmosedici. On Wednesday the Italian drove a total of 51 laps on the Jerez circuit in Andalusia. With 1: 38.779 minutes, he finished 15th overall. The gap to the top was just under a second.

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"One day after the operation, I was able to move my shoulder. I don't have any strange pain while driving. I was excited because you never know exactly before you sit on the motorcycle. But everything worked well."

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"I have some pain at the point where the leather suit presses on the seams, but not directly on the clavicle," says Dovizioso. "That is why I am very satisfied that this has been confirmed." He sees no problems for the rest of the weekend.

Not a good feeling for the new carcass

However, there is another problem. The new rear tire carcass from Michelin does not fit the Ducati. During the February test in Malaysia it was a bad surprise for the Italian team. The bike was then tuned during the test in Qatar.

How is it going in Jerez? "My feeling with the new rear tire is still not good," says Dovizioso. "We concentrate fully on it. We need more speed. But the way I ride the motorcycle is not optimal because I cannot use the potential of the tire."

Andrea Dovizioso © Provided by motorsport.com Andrea Dovizioso

The new rear tire continues to give Dovizioso a headache

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"The tire is simply different. It's not a small change. If you change the carcass, everything is different Michelin built the tire, I think it has more potential, but it's different. I'm still not happy. "

Ducati also worked on the electronics to better tune the motorcycle to the new tire, which is said to offer more grip. In contrast to Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, Francesco Bagnaia says that he feels better with the new tire than last year.

Michelin: it's about interpreting the tire

Why do Ducati and especially Dovizioso still have trouble with this tire? "I talked to Dovizioso about it," Michelin's Piero Taramasso told Motorsport-Total.com. "He has to interpret the tire a little better."

"It is not so easy to switch to a tire that offers more grip, because that changes the complete balance of the motorcycle. You have to adapt the tuning as well as the riding style to it."

"It is true that Marc immediately interpreted the tire well here. Suzuki and Yamaha have been doing it well since the winter tests and I think Dovizioso will do it too. I see him in good shape for the race. I am sure that he can fight for the podium. "

Taramasso believes Bagnaia will find it easier to switch to the new rear tire because he has less MotoGP experience than Dovizioso and Petrucci. "But Dovizioso's experience will help him interpret the new tire well," believes Taramasso. "If he reaches this point, he'll be super competitive. Miller and Zarco are also fast. The new tire fits Ducati, you just have to find the key to it."

With images from Motorsport Images.

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