Quartararo ‘doing something crazy’ on a Yamaha MotoGP motorcycle
Dovizioso made his return to MotoGP at the San Marino Grand Prix last weekend in Misano at Petronas SRT replacing Franco Morbidelli, and will remain with the team as a Yamaha factory rider in 2022 when he will be renamed RNF Racing.
The three-time championship finalist qualified last and finished 19th in his first MotoGP race since last November – which was also his first on anything other than a Ducati since 2012.
The Italian was overall happy with the way his race went as he found he was able to do much stronger laps as the race progressed, although he concedes that it is is “strange”.
The bike Dovizioso is now two years old on and everyone who has ridden it this season has struggled to get in shape on it.
When asked by Autosport if he was able to figure out why this bike has been a fight for everyone this season, he replied that it was impossible to know at the moment given that he had no knowledge of the M1 plant.
“I can’t know and I don’t know how different it is from the factory bike,” he replied.
“Other than that, only Fabio is doing anything crazy, so it’s something too far away for me at the moment to understand and analyze.
“But the bike is special, and it has a lot of good things. But you have to drive it in a particular way, so it takes time to adapt, and you have to understand everything.
“Still the question mark I had before this weekend on the new rear [tyre] because the way you have to brake is a little strange and the way the bike has improved a lot in the last part of the race is very strange.
“So that’s why it’s very important to analyze and understand if it was more me, the bike, what changed on the bike during the race.
Andrea Dovizioso, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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“For me the bike is new so I have a lot of feedback, I can’t know exactly why a lot has happened.
“But during the race there were a lot of times that I had a good feeling and felt the good things about the bike, and I wasn’t able to use the potential.
“So it was good, it was important. After 10 months of not racing, doing a regular run and at the end of being faster, I’m happy.
When asked to explain how the Yamaha is “special” Dovizioso says she “asks” for a riding style that most of the bikes on the grid don’t have.
“It’s easy, you can see how Fabio rolls,” he added. “You have to brake really deep in the right direction and you have to have a lot of speed in the middle of the corners.
“It’s the only way to use the potential of the bike because the bike demands it.
“So it’s special because normally motorcycles in the MotoGP category, you [don’t] you have to ride like that. Maybe Suzuki, but everyone else isn’t.