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The 15-time MotoGP race winner will contest his first full season on a Yamaha since 2012 this 12 months as he continues with RNF Racing – rebranded from Petronas SRT, which he joined on a Yamaha contract from final 12 months’s San Marino Grand Prix.
Dovizioso has been very open about his struggles to adapt his driving type to the Yamaha since final September, having ridden the very totally different Ducati for eight years between 2013 and 2020.
On the last pre-season take a look at of 2022 in Indonesia, Dovizioso was 19th total and inside a second of the perfect tempo.
Although he feels he has made good points below 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 bettering, my feeling improved,” he mentioned when requested by Motorsport.com if he might push on the 2022 Yamaha but.
“These three days [in Indonesia] have been actually a lot 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 need as a result of I wish to be extra in entrance.
“So, I’m glad if I’m sooner. The work we did, I believe it was good, so we tried every little thing we needed to try to we tried to enhance.”
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
He added: “Concerning the braking, I’m a lot better. On this second, I’m even higher than Fabio and Fabio is braking actually good. I’m simply glad to search out that solution to brake, and that is constructive.
“However I’m dropping rather a lot in another areas – and an excessive amount of.
“This observe is a bit unusual as a result of it’s important 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 might help me rather a lot to be nearer and handle the tyre in a greater means.”