Factory Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso said that he is happy with his pace on the opening day of free practice, with the Italian finishing second fastest behind SRT Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Ducati man had strong pace in both sessions, Dovizioso wanted to work on tyre management and around the tyres with the high temperatures in Barcelona.
“I’m satisfied with our performance in this first day of practice,” said the World Championship challenger.
“I had a good feeling with the bike and we’ve been fast. As it often happened here in the past, grip is very low and the track’s layout makes tyre management particularly difficult, especially considering the higher temperatures forecast for the rest of the weekend.
“However, I believe everyone is struggling under this aspect. We have work left to do ahead of the race.
“We’re still evaluating the different tyre compounds available and we need to improve the front-end feeling, but my sensations are good and so are the lap times, so I’m confident.”