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Honda wants Dovizioso: “He has a lot of experience, he has already driven for us when I was with Pedrosa”.

Oct 24, 20 | 07:30 PM
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Belén Lázaro Hernández
motosangp.com editor – Life is Racing

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Takeo Yokoyama has commented that Andrea Dovizioso is on Honda’s agenda. The MotoGp weekend in Teruel has served to show Honda’s enthusiasm with the results of Nakagami and Alex Márquez.

Alex Márquez finished FP1 on Friday in first place, sixth in the combined coming from two consecutive podiums. Marc Márquez’s brother would give a blow of effect to those who did not believe in him just because he was the Moto2 champion if he could achieve the victory he has already cherished on two occasions. Besides, it would be a way to make Repsol Honda smile after the injury of the current champion. “We haven’t won a race yet and we are not leading the World Championship. So no, we’re not back yet” admits Technical Director Takeo Yokoyama.

Alex’s promotion marked by the absence of Marc

The season was presented as a challenge as it was marked by the absence of “Honda’s philosophy is that if you have a very strong rider, you develop a bike that suits his needs, like the last 7 years with Marc. Without him I would not say that we lost, but we had to think what to do, because the way Alex, Cal and Taka ride is not the same”, Yokoyama admits to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’. “It was the right time to sit down with the engineers and decide which way to go”.

The beginning of the championship was very complicated but both Takeo Yokoyama and Alberto Puig put all their efforts into Taka Nakagami waiting for Alex Márquez to finish. “The RC213V is now easier to drive as it has had a different evolution than the one indicated by Marc. The best surprise is Alex’s latest results and I am almost sorry to see him relegated to LCR in the next MotoGP season”.

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati, Motogp
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Honda rethinking its future

Márquez will return in 2021 as the first rider of the team, Nakagami has just renewed and will also count on Pol Espargaró, a rider who has been in the premier category for many years. “He is recovering, it takes a long time after the second operation, but I am convinced that if he is not at 100%, he will come closer”. However, Andrea Dovizioso is in his head to be, in this case, a test pilot.

Honda has always enjoyed the low blows that he has given to Ducati. Negotiations have already begun with the Italian rider but it would affect Aprilia. “Dovizioso has a lot of experience, he already drove for us when I was working with Pedrosa”, remembers Yokoyama. He could be a good test rider, although Stefan Bradl has done a lot for us. Between races and trainings, he will be the pilot that at the end of the season will have done more kilometers than all of us”.

Bad moment for Ducati

In Aragon, the Ducati’s are weak, they are at the end of the classification. “At this moment, the front tire is not giving enough grip, so it’s a balance problem. We are the ones who have to give a hand to the pilots, the engineers are trying to understand something” said the Team Manager. In Q2 there are no team orders to try to push Dovizioso, not even talk about what happened last week between the runner-up and his teammate Danilo Petrucci. “Andrea Dovizioso doesn’t want to be thrown, he prefers to spend his time alone. I don’t want to talk about it anymore, we know what it is, he and Danilo don’t want to talk about it. We have to think about the opponents, not about these things. – commented Davide Tardozzi. As far as we’re concerned, the episode is closed”.

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