News 26 Jun 2013

Ducati hopeful of modest showing in the Netherlands

Hayden and Dovizioso seek setup compromise on tyre life and handling.

Andrea Dovizioso is targeting a good result aboard the Desmosedici at Assen. Image: Ducati Corse.

Andrea Dovizioso is targeting a good result aboard the Desmosedici at Assen. Image: Ducati Corse.

Factory Ducati is eyeing a consistent performance at the legendary Assen TT where it hopes to create a balance of manageability and late-race tyre life aboard the Desmosedici.

The technical nature of the transforming circuit will see the team have its work cut out for it, but Nicky Hayden, in particular, is confident that the Saturday race can yield good results.

“It was nice to be home for a weekend for the first time in quite a while, but I certainly feel fresh and ready to come back strong and finish out this next little stretch of races before the summer break,” said Hayden.

“The next three rounds are all at tracks that I like a lot, and Assen in particular is a great circuit with a great history.

“I really enjoy it, and I feel focused and ready. Hopefully we can use the information from the test in Barcelona to have a good race.”

Hayden has one win at the circuit, during his 2006 championship season, while Andrea Dovizioso admits it is not a favourite and hopes to build upon a best result of third place.

Far departed from the heat of Spain, the cooler conditions could fall in favour of the Ducati as the race gets underway.

“First of all, the weather should certainly be a bit cooler in Holland than it was in Barcelona, and that can only be good for us,” said Dovizioso.

“The Assen circuit isn’t like it used to be when it was one of the nicest tracks on the calendar, and it’s completely different from the last couple of tracks we’ve been to.

“I’m curious to see how the Desmosedici will go at Assen. We’ll use the same bike that we had at Barcelona, so without the updated frame.”

Dovizioso and Hayden currently hold down sixth and seventh places respectively on the world championship standings, a measure of their consistency in what has been a public struggle to be competitive on the new bike.