Ducati team rider Andrea Dovizioso said that having new teammate Jorge Lorenzo for the 2017 MotoGP season will reinvigorate the entire team.
The 30-year-old Italian will now partner former Yamaha star Jorge Lorenzo after the Spaniard signed for the Ducati Team in May.
In an interview with Italian website Gazzetta dello Sport, Dovizioso said a new teammate would be positive for everyone in the team having had a very strong second half of the 2016 MotoGP season ending up fifth in the rider standings.
The 29-year-old Lorenzo, who is a triple MotoGP Champion (2010, 2012, 2015), finished third in the 2016 rankings behind former teammate Valentino Rossi and Honda's Marc Marquez, who ruled the 2016 season.
"From the mid-season, something clicked, which allowed me to finish the season in a positive way after a middle part when things were not going so well," Dovizioso told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Then, the change of teammate will be positive for everyone. We finished the season close to the best and this should encourage us to think big."
Dovizioso admitted he hasn’t spoken to Lorenzo since the Spaniard’s first test on the Ducati at Valencia on November 19.
"We talked before the first test in Valencia, but after, I haven’t had a chance," he added.