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May 15, 2019

MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso Feels Ducati Should Be More Competitive At Le Mans Than At Jerez

Andrea Dovizioso (04).
The Ducati Team ready for the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship at Le Mans

After finishing the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez with both its riders in the top five, the Ducati Team is ready to take it back to the track at Le Mans (France) for the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship. At the Bugatti Circuit – which shares the first section with the historic Circuit de la Sarthe, home of the famous 24 Hour car race – Ducati took six podiums overall, the last of which dates back to last year when Danilo Petrucci took second place with the Pramac Racing Team colors starting from first row.

As Petrucci, Andrea Dovizioso – who already finished on the podium at Le Mans with Ducati in 2015 (3rd) and was particularly competitive last year before crashing out of the race while in the lead – is also keen to make the most of the French track's characteristics to be a protagonist during the weekend and rewrite the statistics. For the occasion, the factory Desmosedici GPs will feature a brand-new livery with Dovizioso and Petrucci's personalized logos on the fairings. Heading into round five, Dovizioso is third in the Riders standings with 67 points, only 3 points behind provisional leader Márquez, while Petrucci is fifth with 41 points to his tally. Ducati is second in the Manufacturers standings with 70 points, while the Ducati Team leads the Team rankings with 108 points.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2nd (67 points)
"At Le Mans we should be more competitive than in the last round, at least on paper, even though last year in France the race didn't go as planned. Weather conditions always play a key role at Le Mans, and it's crucial to be able to manage this variable to your advantage. At any rate, I expect to have many fast rivals out there, so it'll be important to start off on the right foot since the very first session and prepare ourselves as well as possible for the race. The Desmosedici GP has some characteristics that we can take advantage of in France, but we need to iron out some details to maximize our potential and play our cards right on Sunday, which is when points are given. I'm confident we can ride a strong race."

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 5th (41 points)
"Le Mans is one of my favorite tracks, and it features many hard-braking areas and quick accelerations that suit the characteristics of our Desmosedici GP, so much that last year in France I probably rode my best race ever to finish second. Our target for this round is the podium, which I think is within our reach. We didn't finish far from it at Jerez, but first of all we'll need to be quicker in qualifying to ride at the front since the very start of the race. It's never easy to put all the pieces of the puzzle together at this level, but we have what we need to be competitive and take another step forward in the right direction."

The Ducati Team will resume action Friday, May 17, at 09:55 local time (CET) for the first free-practice session.


Circuit information

Country: France
Name: Bugatti Circuit
Fastest lap: Zarco (Yamaha), 1:31.185 (165,2 km/h) - 2018
Circuit record: Viñales (Yamaha), 1:32.309 (163,2 km/h) - 2017
Top speed: Iannone (Ducati), 316.6 km/h - 2015
Track length: 4,185 km
Race distance: 27 laps (112,995 km)
Corners: 14 (5 a sinistra, 9 a destra)

2018 Results
Podium: 1st Marquez (Honda); 2nd Petrucci (Ducati), 3rd Rossi (Yamaha)
Pole Position: Zarco (Yamaha) 1:31.185 (165,2 km/h)
Fastest lap: Marquez (Honda) 1:32.312 (163,2 km/h)


Rider information

Andrea Dovizioso
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP
Race Number: 04
Age: 33 (born on 23 March 1986 in Forlimpopoli)
Residence: Forlì (Italy)
Races: 298 (200 x MotoGP, 49 x 250cc, 49 x 125cc)
First GP: 2008 Qatar (MotoGP), 2005 Spain (250cc), 2001 Italy (125cc)
Wins: 22 (13 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Win: 2009 Great Britain (MotoGP), 2006 Catalonia (250cc), 2004 South Africa (125cc)
Pole Positions: 20 (7 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 9 x 125cc)
First Pole: 2010 Japan (MotoGP), 2006 France (250cc), 2003 France (125cc)
World Titles: 1 (1 x 125cc)

Danilo Petrucci
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP
Race number: 9
Age: 28 (born on 24 October 1990 in Terni)
Residence: Forlì (Italia)
Races: 122 (MotoGP)
First GP: 2012 Qatar (MotoGP)
Wins: -
Pole positions: -
World titles: -


Championship information

Rider standings
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 3rd (67 points)
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 5th (41 points)

Manufacturer standings
Ducati – 2nd (70 points)

Team standings
Ducati Team – 1st (108 points) 
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