Dovi curious about Ducati debut

Andrea Dovizioso will make his Ducati debut during this weeks MotoGP test and the former 125cc world champion is eager to get his first impressions of his new bike.

The Italian was speaking with the media this afternoon about his upcoming switch from Tech3 to the factory Ducati squad and while he is clearly excited about the opportunity to race for the Bologna manufacturer he is also realistic of the task ahead of him.

I’m curious for Tuesday’s test,” said Dovizioso. “However my feet are on the ground and the situation is that we will have to work on the bike. I don’t have high expectations for this test but we’ll have time to work on the bike [over the winter] and at the Jerez test in November we will have time to start working together and understand everything as best as we can.”

Dovizioso also went on to say that he will ride the current configuration Ducati rather than the 2013 bike:

It’s normal to ride the race bike during the test so that we can start to understand the bike. Then we can try and make the changes that we will need.”

Having been dropped by the factory Honda squad at the end of last year Dovizioso has performed superbly on the satellite Yamaha this year and while he is clearly looking forward to being on factory machinery again with Ducati he did admit that this weekend will be a difficult one for him as he leaves behind Tech3 but having weighed the positives and negatives of leaving the team he feels he has made the right decision.

Today I thought about it being the last weekend with Tech3. I think that I can see the good points and the bad points [about moving] but Im relaxed and I’ll use the time to have fun with this team and happy to leave in the best way possible and finish well on Sunday.”

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