After consecutive days of press release interviews with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, it should come as no surprise that today the Repsol Media Service issued a third interview with their third rider, Andrea Dovizioso. In the interview, Dovizioso speaks about his season so far, and what he is doing in the break ahead of Brno. Below is the press release:
"I have never been so strong in all races as this year"
The Repsol rider, firmly in third position of the overall standings, is optimist for the second half of the season
In his third season at the Repsol Honda Team, Andrea Dovizioso reaches the summer break firmly placed in third position of the World Championship, after getting four podiums and gathering points in all races. Always among the fastest of the category, the Italian rider is showing a great consistency that keeps him in the first places of the premiere category of the Motorcycling World Championship.
What are your plans for these free days?
"Family holidays, five days in Sardinia, resting at the beach with my family and my friends to relax and gather energy for Brno".
Are you satisfied with your third overall position?
"With the third position, yes, but not with the difference to Casey and Jorge. Fifty points are too many, but there is nothing impossible".
What is your assessment of this first half of the season?
"I want to see the positive side and we are third of the championship, I had never been so strong in all races as this year. So I am very happy with the job of the team and of the feeling of the bike, but naturally, our aim is to fight for the championship and right now, we are not competitive enough to set up an strategy to do it. Anyway, we are well placed in the championship and there are still eight races ahead, so we have to believe. We will see which result we get in the end".
We have seen you in the second and third steps of the podium. What does Andrea Dovizioso need to fight for victory?
"It is very difficult because the level is very high. Lorenzo is having a great season, Casey [Stoner] is very strong and Dani [Pedrosa], when he is in good form, sets the difference. It is really very difficult to try and beat them. I mean, beating all of them at the same time, because sometimes one and sometimes the other is in front".
Which race do you prefer of the rounds held with Repsol Honda until now?
"I think the Mugello race this year was beautiful. To ride in Mugello, fighting for victory and achieving the second position after a battle in front of the Italian fans was something important. Feeling their support was such a great feeling that I will always remember it".
If you could go back in time, is there a decision of the ones you took during the first half of the season, both out or in a race, that you would change?
"No. I think that we have achieved the maximum we could do with what we had, except in Laguna Seca, where the max was to be fourth and we did not get it. But until then I did all I could. It is not enough, because we want to fight for the Championship, but I believe we could do nothing more".
How do you see Pedrosa, Stoner and Lorenzo at this moment and what do you think it can happen in the fight for the title between Stoner and Lorenzo?
"It will undoubtedly be very difficult to reduce the distance to Lorenzo and Casey, because when they go well, they win, and if not, they are on the podium. It is very difficult, but I want to believe in my chances and we will see. I think Dani is in a better situation, because he has less pressure and he is very fast, so he can fight for victory in all races".
Of the races left, which one you are most looking forward too?
"Probably Malaysia. The Sepang circuit is one of my favourite tracks. It is amazing to ride there with a MotoGP bike".