After shooting his 2017 championship battle with Marc Marquez right down to the cable, Dovizioso dropped from realistic title contention in the first 1 / 2 2018 with crashes in Jerez, Le Mans and Barcelona.

He eventually surrendered this year’s crown to Honda man Marquez with the other crash late in the season at Motegi.

Besides that, and also a low-key streak into sixth in Malaysia, Dovizioso was off the podium from August’s Brno race – and also believes that falling so far back in the things early in the year allowed Ducati to earn a measure it might well not otherwise have left.

“I would like to check out this season in a certain way, without putting too much strain on the downsides, because in my opinion everything which happened this year has allowed us to become more competitive,” that the Italian represented.

“This year, even if we’d done every thing right, it’d have been hard to overcome Marc and Honda. When your competitors are more stronger, you must admit it. We understand who we are fighting against.

“This year we could have done better, avoiding some of the zeroes, but minus this maybe we would not need gotten competitive as we all are today.

“After we went , this gave us the chance to take yet another road and eventually become truly competitive. It’s normal that there might be a few regrets, but that I prefer to not look at this too much. ”

Dovizioso described post-season analyzing in Valencia and Jerez whilst the”best” of his Ducati tenure up to now and hailed as the GP19 bike’s”very excellent base”.

“Feedback has always been my strong point, it’s not a thing I need to work on much,” Dovizioso explained.

“This year it had been missing because we did not need matters in place at the beginning of year and also we made some mistakes, which left us finish very much behind in the tournament.

“But this left us comeback like no time before and it’s a thing that makes me pleased with all the people that work with us. ”

Additional coverage by Matteo Nugnes

Podium: race winner Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team


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