Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso said that starting the MotoGP season off with a second place finish at the Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday was a dream start for the team.
In 2015 at the same circuit, Dovizioso finished second battling with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi for victory and this time around it was a battle with race winner Jorge Lorenzo also on a Yamaha.
In Sunday’s race, the Ducati’s top end speed saw the Italian get ahead of Lorenzo but the defending world champion re-took the lead and Dovizioso spent the latter stages of the race defending his second place position from the challenge of Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team.
A big positive for the Italian on his Ducati is that it is a dominant force down the straight and with the next MotoGP event happening in Argentina on April 3, he will have an advantage on the long Termas de Río Hondo straight.
In an interview with the MotoGP website, Dovizioso said he was very happy with the strong start they had to their MotoGP campaign.
“Starting off the season like this is a dream! I am really happy and above all, I want to thank my team because together we have done a fantastic job to become so competitive.
“Thanks to all of Ducati and the guys in my team: every so often I make them suffer, but I’m always there when it counts,” said Dovizioso.
“I finished last season without having a good feeling with my bike and so to do the first race at this pace, with all the regulation changes, means that we have really done a great job.
“We are only at the start and maybe this won’t be the real situation throughout the season, but we have an excellent base that makes us confident for the upcoming races.”