The 15-time MotoGP race winner will contest his first full season on a Yamaha since 2012 this yr as he continues with RNF Racing – rebranded from Petronas SRT, whom he joined on a Yamaha contract from final yr’s San Marino Grand Prix.
Dovizioso has been very open about his struggles to adapt his driving model to the Yamaha since final September, having ridden the very completely different Ducati for eight years between 2013 and 2020.
On the closing pre-season take a look at of 2022 in Indonesia, Dovizioso was 19th general and inside a second of the perfect tempo.
Although he feels he has made positive factors underneath braking – going so far as to say he’s “higher” than 2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo on this space – he admits he’s “nonetheless not 100%” in how he turns the bike.
“No, nonetheless no, I’m not at 100%. I’m enhancing, my feeling improved,” he mentioned when requested by Autosport if he might push on the 2022 Yamaha but.
“These three days [in Indonesia] have been actually significantly better than Malaysia, we tried the fairing, we tried various things and every little thing was a bit higher in some areas, in different areas nonetheless no.
“So, the ultimate end result just isn’t as I would like as a result of I wish to be extra in entrance.
“So, I’m completely happy if I’m sooner. The work we did, I feel it was good, so we tried every little thing we needed to attempt to we tried to enhance.”
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing
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He added: “Concerning the braking, I’m significantly better. On this second, I’m even higher than Fabio and Fabio is braking actually good.
“I’m simply completely happy to search out that approach to brake, and that is optimistic.
“However I’m dropping lots in another areas – and an excessive amount of.
“This observe is a bit unusual as a result of it’s a must to keep all the time with the angle, so my weak level turns into a bit larger.
“However on the braking, I’m feeling good and I brake good, however in some areas I used to be dropping an excessive amount of.
“In three days, I used to be higher and higher as a result of I used to be nearer, however I’m nonetheless not feeling comfy to do this and it’s the place I’ve to be higher and can assist me lots to be nearer and handle the tyre in a greater method.”