Andrea Dovizioso and teammate Nicky Hayden look forward to this weekend’s Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix but, following the Sepang preseason tests of February, the Italian in particular looks ahead with an element of vigilance.
Sepang is a popular MotoGP testing venue and the field was there for two Official Tests prior to the campaign, at the beginning and end of February respectively.
“Sepang is one of my favorite tracks, but the tests in February weren’t so good,” Dovizioso begins. “It looks like our bike didn’t work very well on that track, especially because the grip is very low, but maybe the conditions are now different and we can show some improvement. Anyway, we’re going there always to push 100 percent and try to have fun with the bike.”
The 2006 World Champion, Hayden has never finished on the podium at Sepang but has ended the race in fourth position on six occasions, including in 2012.
“It was nice to get home for a week and attend my little sister’s wedding, but I’m very excited to get to Malaysia and move on from Aragón,” the American begins. “This race will kick off three important weeks for me and I really want to dig in and try to do whatever we can to get a good result somewhere along the way.
“We know it’ll be very difficult, starting in Malaysia, but it’s a good track that has everything. We’ll go there with the intention of doing better than we did in Aragón. I’m looking forward to getting back on-track.”
Hayden has just four races remaining with Ducati Team, whereas Dovizioso will be staying on in 2014 and reunited with former teammate Cal Crutchlow.