Dovizioso won't "copy" faster Pramac riders on Ducati MotoGP set-up

Andrea Dovizioso says he doesn't want to "copy" what the Pramac Ducati riders are doing with the GP20, despite Francesco Bagnaia qualifying third for the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix

Dovizioso won't "copy" faster Pramac riders on Ducati MotoGP set-up

Dovizioso failed to make it out of the first part of qualifying for the first time since the 2019 German GP, and will start Sunday's second Jerez race from 14th on the grid.

Pramac's Bagnaia grabbed his first front row start in third, while Jack Miller was seventh - four places and over half a second clear of the other factory team Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

Both Miller and Bagnaia outqualified both factory team riders last weekend also, but Dovizioso beat both of them to third in the race - though he admitted afterwards that this was more down to him being mentally tougher than pure pace.

Dovizioso's troubles with the 2020 Ducati have been largely caused by Michelin's new construction rear tyre, while both Pramac riders have had no such issues.

But Dovizioso insists the Pramac pair aren't faster on race pace than him, and so doesn't feel copying what they are doing set-up wise and how they ride the bike is the path to pursue.

"The situation is different from last year, [the] tyre [too], and most of the time Bagnaia and Miller are able to make a really good laptime when they put new tyres on," Dovizioso said on Saturday.

"But if you look at the [race] pace, they are not faster. So, they are good to do that [one lap].

"They did a really good job today, also last qualifying, they are strong, they did a really good laptime.

"They are better in that situation because they ride in a different way and they are able to manage the characteristic [of the tyre] in a different way.

"But I don't want to copy their riders. I'm trying to study, to understand what we can do.

"But every rider has a different style, so you have to find the best way in your way to go fast, because in the end you have to be consistent and strong in the race."

Petrucci made an improvement from last weekend by getting through to Q2 directly, but said his FP4 and qualifying were a "disaster" as encountered the "same story" with the bike in struggling to brake and turn.

"In the afternoon I struggled a lot to keep the corner speed, I struggled to stop the bike and nothing is better," Petrucci said in response to a question from Autosport.

"We had a small issue with the second tyre [in Q2]. I was quite happy about the result of this morning [in FP3] because I felt we could stay in the mix.

"But in the afternoon, it was more or less a disaster and for sure we cannot keep the pace of the first [riders].

"For sure in qualifying I didn't make my perfect lap, but in the afternoon I struggled in the hot temperature a lot to stop the bike."

shares
comments
My Andalusia GP absence won't devalue 2020 MotoGP title - Marquez
Previous article

My Andalusia GP absence won't devalue 2020 MotoGP title - Marquez

Next article

Pramac Ducati rider Miller: Marquez injury means I'm now in MotoGP title hunt

Pramac Ducati rider Miller: Marquez injury means I'm now in MotoGP title hunt
The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes Plus

The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes

OPINION: For the fourth time in 2022, Francesco Bagnaia has made a costly error while battling other riders. Crashing while chasing one point at the Japanese Grand Prix has lost him eight to a struggling Fabio Quartararo. With just four rounds remaining and a history of errors in high-pressure situations, Bagnaia and Ducati need a serious rethink to stop its best opportunity of a title in 15 years slipping away

MotoGP
Sep 26, 2022
The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title Plus

The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title

Ducati has littered the grid with eight strong motorcycles that has ensured it has had at least one rider stand on the podium at every grand prix in 2022. The drama of the Aragon Grand Prix has thrust Francesco Bagnaia well and truly into title contention with five races to go, and Ducati must now consider utilising a unique strength it has so far been reticent to embrace

MotoGP
Sep 19, 2022
How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects Plus

How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects

Reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner’s career has been derailed by KTM’s decision not to retain him at Tech3 for 2023. Amid difficult circumstances, Gardner hasn’t shamed himself. But KTM’s apparent reasoning for dropping him raises questions about its handling of its young riders and the unrealistic expectations placed on them

MotoGP
Sep 6, 2022
Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP Plus

Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP

OPINION: Honda is in the midst of a second winless season in the space of three years. The absence of the injured Marc Marquez has been a major contributing factor, but HRC’s inability to alter its own approach has seen it slide down the order. Marquez returned to the MotoGP paddock in Austria and provided a rallying cry Honda needed to hear.

MotoGP
Aug 22, 2022
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022