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GP Week : Issue 148
GPWEEK: It’s a new era for you in all kinds of ways. How’s it going so far? ANDREA DOVIZIOSO: My feeling with Yamaha is improving. At Jerez my feeling is not like in Valencia. That is why we have to test. Six days in Malaysia – it was not so difficult to find a level ... slowly, but I found myself. Here it was more difficult, because the track is so slow. So you need a different feeling. You have to be really precise, and the braking is harder because you have more speed to reduce. For me the speed in the middle of the corner is not enough. I need more time to get 100 percent feeling. I could go faster – I never feel the limit. But I don’t want to push so much and crash. Another big change is the tyres: Bridgestone’s new construction. The Honda guys are complaining about chatter – how are they for you on the Yamaha? All season so far we never had chattering. This is really important. How Bridgestone make the new tyres is for the safety, and the safety improved a lot. Quick warm-up. But I think it will be a problem at the end of the race, the drop-off looks big. I don’t know how much: we have to see in a race to be sure. You have to feel and you arrive at that limit. I made 15 laps in Malaysia, and that is why I say this. I felt that then ... looks like you have a some more grip in the first laps, then it drops immediately. Before it never did this. Now ... pheeew (makes gesture of slippery slope). Before sometimes the faster laps were at the end of the race. It won’t be like that now. What is the bigger change for you – from 800cc to 1000, or Honda to Yamaha? Oh, Honda to Yamaha. Eight-hundred to 1000 the difference is really really small ... specially you can feel in a slower track like here in Jerez, but in Malaysia almost zero. The bigger step is to Yamaha. The philosophy of how Yamaha make the bike is really different. You mean the bike’s character is different? Everything is different. Can you change it for yourself or do you need to change the way you ride. I have to change my style completely. You can’t adapt the bike to my style, you have to adapt yourself. This bike has a different potential than Honda. To go really fast with Yamaha you have to be really smooth, you have to brake very hard and to have really high speed in the middle of the corner. The Honda is not like this, so I have to go back to the basics. Is that why you haven’t found the limit? You need to get there gradually, without crashing. I would like. (laughs) How interesting is it for you as a rider, or is it more frustrating? Really interesting. I was always with Honda in 125 and 250, and then MotoGP. To change the bike and philosophy and how to ride ... is really interesting. A younger rider might find it more easy ... I am 26 years old, so I must work hard. I am really happy because I believe in this project, and I am really happy to increase my experience. I guess you have a lot to prove. How do you mean? Well, it seems that maybe Honda did not value you enough, after so many years. Of course ... I know I am not fast like Casey is, so I have to find another way to befast.Istudyalot,Itrainalot,Itryto find many points where I can improve. I think a lot of my past ... if you study my season last year, at the end it was a really good season, the level we found. Is it fair to say that your biggest strength is your consistency? Consistency is my style. I am not so fast, nor so slow. It is my character. What are your feelings towards HRC? Do you feel the need to prove the yourself to them? I want to prove to everybody, because I think many people don’t believe in me. But I think I made an important result, to say something. Not a result like when you win, but still to say something. You’re in the Yamaha satellite team now. Is it your plan to move into the factory team next year? If I will be there, it is because I will be really fast this year. I think if I get the results ... I don’t have to think about anything else. I must be fast this year, then there is a possibility. It might be harder on a satellite machine. How much difference is there between your bike and the factory M1? They are the same now, as normal. It is the start of the year and the bikes are all new and the same level. But Yamaha will develop new material, and when it arrives we can have it later, after the factory team. So ... then they will not be the same. Did you discuss this possibility with Yamaha? Yes, but when you speak with them nobody says: “Yes, it will be like this” . So... it is not important to think about. What is important is to go fast. That’s the easy part then. (Laughter ...) 5 MINUTES WITH ANDREA DOVIZIOSO Elbowed out of the Honda family after 11 years and one world title, Andrea Dovizioso switched to Yamaha. Burning for retribution, the Italian is on a career-saving mission in 2012. But will consistency be enough? Dovi was top Yamaha at the Sepang tests, but slowest of the four at the final Jerez tests, where he spoke to MICHAEL SCOTT 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: 5 MINUTES