Dovizioso could "worry" Aston DTM squad at Misano - Juncadella

R-Motorsport's Daniel Juncadella says MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso could "worry" his Aston Martin squad at Misano considering its lack of pace so far during its debut DTM season

Dovizioso could "worry" Aston DTM squad at Misano - Juncadella

Dovizioso is driving for the privateer WRT Audi squad this weekend, replacing Pietro Fittipaldi.

The Ducati rider has previously explained the learning curve with the Audi RS5 DTM and on Friday spoke of his struggle to get used to the difference in approaching and exiting corners regarding power application and racing lines.

R-Motorsport has scored points at each DTM round this season but has struggled in more conventional racing conditions due to a lack of power.

When Juncadella was asked if he had any advice to help Dovizioso, he said: "I don't really want to give him too many tips because if you look at our performance in Hockenheim and Zolder, I could worry about him.

"It's quite encouraging to see he is struggling. All my friends are watching this race even more because it's is a MotoGP rider coming [here]. 'What if he beats you, it's impossible right?' And I'm like: 'You never know!'.

"I'd like to focus more on myself and trying to get grips with our car and try to find a little bit of pace.

"[But] having three weeks off will be a bit of time that [will have] helped us find a bit of rhythm."

BMW's Timo Glock said he had a "lot of respect" for Dovizioso's attempt and added: "It will be a bit [like] slow motion for him down the straights.

"But our cars are quick around the corners and that's a challenge for him, to understand how to get around the downforce cars and get the maximum out of it."

As Dovizioso further explained his work to adapt to the RS5 DTM, he pinpointed the difference in throttle application as his main weakness.

MotoGP riders can have distinctly different approaches to cornering and the benefit of traction control.

Audi predicts that Misano's flowing Turn 13 will be taken in fifth gear at around 114mph and Dovizioso said Turn 3 - a gradual bend following a chicane - and the sharp-right penultimate corner (Turn 15) - was challenging.

"Still [at] some chicanes, I'm not very fast," he explained.

"For me to use [the throttle] and keep almost flat while changing direction - I don't feel so comfortable at Turns 3 and 15.

"[Turn 15] looks easy but when you have to exit in first gear and put three gears in and release the throttle - I want to lift, so it's not easy.

"I have to manage the entry with the brakes and turn the car and open [the throttle] very quickly.

"I'm still a bit slow but I hope I have a chance to follow some drivers [in practice].

"I don't know if it will work, because also the cars lose the downforce and it's completely different from the bikes."

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