Paddock Insider: Desmo Dovi, master of the long game

Dovi takes back-to-back victories

by Amy Dargan, MotoGP Paddock Reporter 

Is Dovi going to be the danger man this year? I really hope that by saying that I don’t put the old ‘commentators curse’ on it but it seemed to work pretty well today in Catalunya.

Just after the morning Warm Up I film a live report across to one of the off-site broadcasters to give them some on-the-ground news and one of the points we spoke about was how the Italian had sounded quietly confident Saturday evening but was unwilling to show his full hand.

Dovi takes back-to-back victories

Last weeks race winner does tend to take a pragmatic approach to most situations, never willing to get too carried away. Even after that emotional win in Mugello, he still wouldn’t get led down the dreamy 2nd-in-the-championship- could-this-be-the-year path? However, today when I pressed him on it you could tell that the prospect of being now only 7 points back off Vinales had suddenly lifted the game on to a different level. It’s time to get excited! Granted this year is more unpredictable than most and the standings keep swinging in and out of favours but he’s playing the game pretty damn well. It almost reminds me a little of how Marquez approached 2016, taking the points and the opportunities when they’re there. Dovi’s only DNF so far this year came in Argentina when he averted a crash with Petrucci only to get taken out by Aleix Espargaro, so in short he is playing a fantastic long game right now. 

He was also a complete contrast of the man that stood in front of me the week before, of course he was tired after another scorcher but he repeated in utter disbelief that he wasn’t even forced to push, he still had more and we saw that when he went storming past Pedrosa eventually crossing the line 3.544 seconds in front of Marquez becoming the first Ducati rider to win back to back races since 2010.

Dovi takes back-to-back victories

Photo: (l-r) Your Catalunya podium: Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa

Maybe his realistic approach is helping him much like the considered approach helped Marquez last year or maybe I will totally eat my words in another couple of races. But for now lets all bask in Dovizioso’s glory and take our hats off to good ole Desmo Dovi.

See you after the next round at Assen in a couple of weeks, on the 25th June.

AmyDargen MotoGP

Who is Amy? 

Amy is one of MotoGP’s official roving reporters hunting down the riders, their managers, crew chiefs and paddock personalities at every Grand Prix. This season she'll be filling BikeSocial readers in on the story lines in between the racing lines. 

Amy is all about two wheels coming from three years covering the MXGP championship before embarking on her third season in MotoGP, she'll also be the pit lane reporter at selected Speedway Grand Prix this year. 

You can follow her 2017 season on Instagram at @amylouisedargan and Twitter @amylouisedargan

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