Team orders, Dovizioso: “On a motorcycle, the world championship must be won alone” – Moto

Mapping 8This is the communication from Ducati during the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix A Jorge Lorenzowho was leading the race under the Sepang Flood in front of his box-mate Andrea DoviziosoThe latter is still in contention for the world title. This was the penultimate race of the season and the math still puts the Italian driver on the line, usually impervious in wet conditions. Moreover, Marc Marquez was very far from the leading duo – he also finished the race in fourth place behind Johann Zarco – and from the garage of the Borgo Panigale home team factory, messages to Jorge Lorenzo, who started the first season in the red saddle, have disappointed even expectations. That point with “only” third places in Jerez and Aragon. Lorenzo was in a position to win the first race of his career on a Ducati, an irresistible prospect for a champion like him.

Apparently Lorenzo didn’t heed the “Mapping 8” code message that suggested making way for Andrea Dovizioso. The latter also won the lead due to a mistake by Majorcan in the last corner about halfway into the race. Ducati riders got very close, divided by just seven tenths. There was no excessive controversy after the race because the end result was what Ducati wantedbut also in the final chapter of Valencia, Lorenzo was certainly not superior and at Dovizioso’s service in a crazy race that ended in crashing both moments after a thrilling save by Marc Marquez in the first corner, a closing in front that was avoided at very high speed which nonetheless precipitated The contestant is in the standings, thus re-opening the Dovizioso World Championship dream for a moment.

This precedent is useful in explaining why the interview is being conducted Gazzetta dello sport Andrea Dovizioso emphasized that from his point of view, it is very difficult to apply team orders to the bike, and according to him Ducati did not present any of them in Misano and Aragon, a thesis reaffirmed by protagonists Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia: “Watching the races, I think Ducati didn’t deliver the team orders. Then naturally, since the goal is one, if things don’t go the way you want them to, you’re not thrilled. I think they were thrilled that Enea is the 2023 rider, but in the meantime it was The first goal is the championship. However, we in motorcycles are more used to the mentality that you have to win the world championship alone. I love Pecco who never asks for help.”

Five races from the end of the season, Bagnaia has just 10 points to recover from Fabio Quartararo, who risks paying dearly. The mistake that occurred in the teethtotally free zero allows opponents to go on vacation secured with the address: “Now I will bet on Pecco. Quartararo’s mistake in Assen gave his opponents more mental chances.”

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