Andrea Dovizioso throws in the towel after the MotoGP race and test in Catalonia. Yamaha must follow Fabio Quartararo and his demands are different.
By Luigi Ciamburro of Corsedimoto
Andrea Dovizioso ends the double round in Mugello and Catalonia with zero points: the MotoGP season turns out to be a disappointment for the 36-year-old rider from Forlì who can do nothing or almost nothing to reverse this trend. For months he has been saying that he knows the problems on the handlebars of the Yamaha M1, but nothing can be done without radical changes from the manufacturer Iwata. And right now, with Fabio Quartararo already champion and leader of the World Championship, there is no question of upsetting the technical programs.
The day of the tests in Montmelò, Dovizioso completed 56 laps and tested various parts and new settings, including the swingarm. ” We haven’t tried anything crazy, but I tried the hardware that the factory team had, the swingarm, the fairing and I felt a little better. Let’s see if I have it for the next Grand Prix. We also tried a different position on the bike and it went a little better, we tried different maps, little things, but that’s all we can do “. The race in Catalonia, on the other hand, did not give any emotion. The fall of Stefan Bradl caused him to lose four places: ” I couldn’t overtake or stop the bike right away, I locked the front wheel and so I made two big mistakes. It was a disaster “.
Andrea Dovizioso: Fabio Quartararo asks for different things than most drivers would need”
After just three laps, the MotoGP veteran had to deal with the usual problem of increased front pressure. ” It was almost impossible to ride in these conditions “. The small innovations tested during the test day will not be enough to upset the current situation, nor is it obvious that they will be immediately available to him. ” I don’t think I will have them for the next races. I also tested the fairing that Morbidelli ran here, but it’s not better, because the downforce is a little lower and i think what you gain in a straight line is less than what you lose under braking “. Nothing that can remedy the lack of rear grip that had been complaining for some time. ” Yamaha is trying to improve what Fabio asked for. It’s normal and just because he leads the championship and he won it last year “.
The evolution of the M1 takes place according to its demands, very different from those ofAndrea Dovizioso. ” Thing is, it asks for different things than most pilots would need. Because he is able to exploit the potential of the bike in the areas where he is good, but the other riders are not. – and the compliant Dovi -. ” So we’re asking for different things. But what I need is very hard to implement. It is very difficult to figure out what you need to change. It takes time and money. If I put myself in Yamaha’s shoes, I would make the same decision “. In addition, the RNF team will be with Aprilia from the next MotoGP championship, so the chances of receiving new components decrease. But will ‘Dovi’ be on track after the summer break, despite rumors of an early retirement? ” I think so “.