Andrea Dovizioso’s Ducati crew ‘know they’ve an issue’ regardless of MotoGP win

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO won the MotoGP season opener but Ducati “know they have a problem”.

That is according to BT Sport pundit Colin Edwards.

Dovizioso won at Qatar for the second successive year onboard the Ducati, but the Italian manufacturer struggled at certain points in the race.

The Desmosedici has always be recognised as the quickest in a straight line – although the Honda looks to have closed the gap.

But their corner speed has been highlighted as something that could hold them back.

Speaking after the race Edwards echoed Dovizioso’s post-race comments about the Ducati’s issues.

He said: “Andrea Dovizioso said it there, they were unbelievably fast in the middle there.

“You could see it. You could see it on TV. They still had a bit of work and they don’t harp on mid-corner speed.

“They know they have a problem and they work on everything else.”

Meanwhile Edwards’s colleague Michael Laverty has heaped prise on the race winner.

Laverty has been vocal that this could finally be the year Dovizioso beats Marquez to the title.

“What a race. Eight factory bikes all battling at the front at the top of their game and this man has done it again,” he said.

“He’s just sublime. We call him the professor and it’s because he can deliver.”

MotoGP moves on to Argentina next time – a track that has not been kind to the Ducati or Dovizioso.

And the Italian recognised post-race that the next two tracks will not favour him or his machine.

A trip to America follows on from Argentina where Marc Marquez has won for six straight years in MotoGP.

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