Dovizioso: Austrian MotoGP win didn't prove a point to Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso insists his victory in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix didn't prove a point to Ducati just a day after his departure for 2021 was announced

Dovizioso: Austrian MotoGP win didn't prove a point to Ducati

Dovizioso's manager Simone Battistella announced on Saturday ahead of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring that the Italian would not be renewing his deal with Ducati beyond 2020, with marque confirming this soon after.

The three-time MotoGP championship runner-up wouldn't go into detail on why he has taken this decision, but says the call was taken this weekend in order to clear his mind in the current title battle amidst a difficult season.

Taking the lead 10 laps into the 20-lap restart, Dovizioso went on to score his first victory of the season to move just 11 points off the top of the standings in second place.

Continuing Ducati's unbeaten run at Red Bull Ring since it returned to the calendar in 2016, Dovizioso insists the win held no underlying significance to him.

When asked by Autosport if this win proved a point to Ducati, he replied: "No, no, no.

"Fortunately we already did that in the past.

"This is not a change [of anything]. This is not the point. That's it."

Dovizioso was able to make a breakthrough in how he approached braking this weekend on the GP20, having struggled in the opening three rounds in this area - one of the issues caused by Michelin's new construction rear tyre.

Though this tyre has been benched for the Austrian double-header for a special construction specifically for Red Bull Ring, Dovizioso said during the weekend that this made little difference, with his gains coming from understanding the bike better after Brno as well as the nature of the Austrian track.

Despite feeling better on the bike in Austria, Dovizioso admits he is still "not comfortable" going to other tracks as he is not fully on top of his problems in cornering.

"Well, I think next round, if it will be dry, it will be more difficult because I think the competitors can be a bit stronger, because in the race you can see a lot of things," he said when asked for his thoughts on returning to Red Bull Ring this weekend.

"Especially [Alex] Rins, if he didn't crash I think it was very difficult to beat him.

"But I couldn't see him in the race because he crashed immediately.

"But about the future, still I'm not comfortable 100% because on the braking I feel much better and really good, but in the middle of the corner, the first part of the exit, I'm still not that good - and we need that to be consistent and strong in other tracks.

"I hope we can be bit better in that area in the next rounds, [but] it's a strange track to work on that area, but we'll try."

shares
comments
Why Dovizioso's MotoGP replacement shouldn't be Lorenzo
Previous article

Why Dovizioso's MotoGP replacement shouldn't be Lorenzo

Next article

Zarco set for surgery of wrist after Austria MotoGP crash

Zarco set for surgery of wrist after Austria MotoGP crash
Load comments
The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano Plus

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Plus

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021