Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso believes he should be more competitive at the Le Mans MotoGP round than he was at Jerez but has some setup details to iron out during free practice.
The Italian is currently third in the championship chase after a fourth place in Spain last time out but the stop/go nature of the Bugatti track should much better suit the Desmosedici GP19 than did Jerez.
“At Le Mans we should be more competitive than in the last round, at least on paper, even though last year in France the race didn’t go as planned,” said Dovizioso.
Weather conditions always play a key role at Le Mans, and it’s crucial to be able to manage this variable to your advantage.
“At any rate, I expect to have many fast rivals out there, so it’ll be important to start off on the right foot since the very first session and prepare ourselves as well as possible for the race.
“The Desmosedici GP has some characteristics that we can take advantage of in France, but we need to iron out some details to maximize our potential and play our cards right on Sunday, which is when points are given. I’m confident we can ride a strong race.”
This weekend the factory Desmosedici GPs will feature a brand-new livery with Dovizioso and Petrucci’s personalized logos on the fairings as the French authorities aren’t keen on the association title sponsor Mission Winnow - and owner Philip Morris - has with smoking.