Ducati Hoping For Return to Form at Assen


Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso are both keeping their fingers crossed that the GP15 proves more competitive at Assen than it did in Barcelona two weeks ago. Iannone finished fourth, although he was disappointed to end up 25 seconds off the winner, and is expecting the gap to be much closer on Saturday.

“I hope the Desmosedici GP15 will go better around Assen than at Barcelona, because it was a difficult weekend for me and for my team in Catalunya and for sure I want to improve on my result in the Netherlands. I’ve won before in Moto2 in 2010 at the Dutch track and I like it a lot, but I also know that in the past Assen has been a bit tough for Ducati. However this year we have a new bike, which still has a lot of untapped potential, and I am sure the GP15 will allow me to fight for the leading positions.”

Dovizioso now trails his teammate in the championship standings after back-to-back retirements and is looking to regain his consistency this weekend.

“I was very disappointed about my crash at Barcelona, because we could have scored some good points for the championship, but I also know we are working well and this gives me the opportunity to fight for the podium at every round. At Assen it is important for us to come back to the podium and confirm our speed. The Dutch track is unique because of its particular layout, but also because of the weather conditions we usually encounter during the race weekend. In any case, we have to look at the positive things: we have a very fast bike and for sure we will be competitive at Assen.”