Dovizioso targets positive Le Mans outing

Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso heads to this weekend’s MotoGP World Championship event at the Le Mans Circuit hoping to continue with his five straight front row starts in France. 

The 30-year-old Italian and Ducati has done well at Le Mans in the past having never finished outside the top 10.

In the rider standing’s Dovizioso is in 10th place with 25 points after picking up a second place in the season opener in Qatar and a 13th place in Argentina.

For Dovizioso, the 2016 season has been a bit of a nightmare with him not completing two of the four races so far due to various issues including technical. Last time out at Jerez, a water pump failure ended his race aspirations.

The new MotoGP technical changes especially understanding how the new Michelin tyres work have made each race at the different circuits challenging.

In an interview with the official MotoGP site, Dovizioso said the new tyres were a challenge at each new racing venue as it was tough to know how they would react at first. He added that he was looking forward to racing again at Le Mans.

“With the new tyres, this year it is really difficult to know what a circuit is going to be like before we take to the track on Friday morning,” said Dovizioso.

“Every race weekend is completely different to the previous one and so you have to start the work afresh.

“We have to understand how the tyres are going to work here on my Desmosedici GP, but I am confident because Le Mans is a track where I always manage to express my potential and hopefully we have the chance to be competitive and fight with the top guys.”