MotoGP
28 Mar
FP1 in
24 days
R
Doha GP
02 Apr
Next event in
31 days
R
Portugal GP
16 Apr
Next event in
45 days
R
Spanish GP
29 Apr
Next event in
58 days
R
French GP
13 May
Next event in
72 days
R
Italian GP
27 May
Next event in
86 days
R
Catalan GP
03 Jun
Next event in
93 days
R
German GP
17 Jun
Next event in
107 days
R
Dutch GP
24 Jun
Next event in
114 days
R
Finnish GP
08 Jul
Next event in
128 days
R
Austrian GP
12 Aug
Next event in
163 days
R
British GP
26 Aug
Next event in
177 days
R
Aragon GP
09 Sep
Next event in
191 days
R
San Marino GP
16 Sep
Next event in
198 days
R
Japanese GP
30 Sep
Next event in
212 days
R
Thailand GP
07 Oct
Next event in
219 days
R
Australian GP
21 Oct
Next event in
233 days
R
Malaysian GP
28 Oct
Next event in
240 days
R
Valencia GP
11 Nov
Next event in
254 days

Dovizioso: Petrucci lacked self-belief before 2019

Andrea Dovizioso says his Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci lacked self-belief earlier in his MotoGP career, and feels Petrucci's breakthrough is down to understanding his strengths.

shares
comments
Dovizioso: Petrucci lacked self-belief before 2019

Petrucci, signed by Ducati on an initial one-year deal after a long stint as a MotoGP privateer, took his maiden win in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, beating Marc Marquez and Dovizioso.

Dovizioso and Petrucci began to train together in the off-season ahead of their first campaign as teammates, and after Mugello Petrucci thanked Dovizioso for “adopting me like a brother”.

Asked how he personally benefitted from a closer cooperation with Petrucci that seemed to be making his teammate a more dangerous rival, Dovizioso said: “Well, I think Danilo improved this season because he believes more in his self, and he understood his potential, what in the past he didn't really believe on that, and really didn't analyse and realise the good point of him.

“To train together - in our sport we can't train on a MotoGP, we have to find something different, but every time we're going flat track [racing] or motocross, we push each other. This puts us on the limit, we take the risk but it's part of our sport and I think it works, because fortunately both we came from motocross so we have this similar base.

“So in motocross we are quite fast, flat track we are similar, so we can really every time try to beat each other, and this is good.

“Yes, the consequence is the risk [that he will beat me], but I think can help both, because he's really talented and I think it's really positive.”

Petrucci's “very aggressive” overtake at Mugello led to Dovizioso dropping behind Marquez and losing ground in the title race.

However, Petrucci has since vowed to fully focus on helping out Dovizioso's title campaign against Honda's reigning champion.

Queried on the type of help he'd be expecting from Petrucci in the title race, Dovizioso said: “Nothing strange. I think like we did until now.

“If we can speak during the practice, we analyse, tyres, set-up, if you follow some other riders. Everything you can understand from the practice can always help you to manage every situation in a better way, I think.”

Quartararo undergoes arm pump surgery

Previous article

Quartararo undergoes arm pump surgery

Next article

Rossi concedes Yamaha's mid-season drop-off a trend

Rossi concedes Yamaha's mid-season drop-off a trend
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Italian GP
Sub-event Race
Drivers Alex Rins
Teams Team Suzuki MotoGP
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics Prime

Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics

Alex Marquez's form was one of MotoGP 2020's biggest surprises and, by firmly stepping out of his six-time world champion brother Marc's shadow, he proved a few people wrong. Not that he cares about this, as he tells Lewis Duncan

MotoGP
Feb 20, 2021
How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales Prime

How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales

After the electrifying start to his Yamaha MotoGP career in 2017, Maverick Vinales has struggled for consistency. Many anticipate that the arrival of Fabio Quartararo could spell disaster, but the departure of Valentino Rossi could be just the impetus he needs.

MotoGP
Feb 16, 2021
Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge? Prime

Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge?

Fears from rival MotoGP manufacturers that KTM would build a 'super engine' for 2021 have ultimately come to nothing with the revealation that the RC16 hasn't been radically changed over the winter. But does it really need that to win the title?

MotoGP
Feb 13, 2021
How Ducati's latest Aussie union can return it to MotoGP glory Prime

How Ducati's latest Aussie union can return it to MotoGP glory

Australians on Ducatis is an iconic partnership, the marque's last one yielding its sole MotoGP crown to date. But its latest Aussie union with the often underestimated Jack Miller can end this drought.

MotoGP
Feb 10, 2021
The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats Prime

The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats

Senna vs Prost is regularly cited as motorsport's greatest rivalry. But it can easily be argued Rainey vs Schwantz can stake that claim. That rivalry was in full swing during the 1991 500cc season, remembered fondly by both stars 30 years on...

MotoGP
Jan 19, 2021
The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back Prime

The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back

The 2020 MotoGP campaign featured a standout pair of rookies, but one flew under the radar as he adjusted to a shock step-up armed with very little racing experience. However as his veteran team boss explains, the faith shown in him was not misplaced

MotoGP
Jan 18, 2021
Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within Prime

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within

With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for Formula 1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully.

MotoGP
Jan 9, 2021
Why Alpine's latest signing could be its best hope of F1 glory Prime

Why Alpine's latest signing could be its best hope of F1 glory

The return of Fernando Alonso to the renamed Alpine team is a sure sign of the team's ambition. But its latest appointment from MotoGP could be an even bigger coup as it seeks to end a barren run stretching back to Alonso's 2006 world title

Formula 1
Jan 7, 2021