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July 22, 2020

The Ducati Team returns to action in Jerez de la Frontera for the opening Grand Prix of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship.






Photos: Ducati Desmosedici GP Sports Bike. Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso. Images provided by & copyright © DUCATI.

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, July 20, 2020 — After the long forced break of the Coronavirus emergency, the MotoGP World Championship finally kicked off this weekend at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera with the first Grand Prix of the 2020 season. The event marked the end of the prolonged abstinence from track action for the two Ducati riders.

Andrea Dovizioso climbed on the third step of the rostrum at Jerez de la Frontera, where the Spanish Grand Prix took place this weekend. In what was a very challenging GP that put bikes and riders to the test due to the high temperatures, the Ducati Team rider managed his race strategy well.

As he got off the line from the third row of the grid, Andrea put himself in the fifth position already after a few laps, finding a steady pace immediately. Fourth towards the end of the race, the rider from Forlì was able to defend himself from Morbidelli’s and Pol Espargaro’s attacks. Dovizioso managed then to fill in the gap on Jack Miller and, with two laps to go, he went past the Australian rider of the Pramac Racing Team, claiming the third spot on the podium.

Dovizioso’s third place today represents his best result in the premier class at the Jerez Circuit, while for Ducati, it is the fifth third place conquered at the Spanish race venue.

Despite still not being 100% fit and suffering some neck and back pain after Wednesday’s crash, his teammate Danilo Petrucci was able to end a tough weekend with a top-ten result by finishing ninth in today’s race.

At the end of the first Grand Prix of the 2020 MotoGP season, Ducati occupies the second position in the Manufacturers’ Standings, while the Ducati Team is second in the Team Standings.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) - 3rd
“This podium is like a victory for me. It was a challenging race, and I didn’t think I could get this result, but luckily I didn’t give up until the end and managed not to make any mistakes. In this morning’s Warm-Up, the team did a great job, as they improved my feeling with the Desmosedici GP, giving me the chance to be constant today in the race. Unfortunately, I still didn’t feel completely comfortable on the bike, and, above all, I lacked speed. Surely, thanks to the feedback of this race, we will be more competitive in the next GP, which will be held again here in Jerez”.

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) - 9th
“It was a tough race for me. I am confident to have the potential to stay with the other Ducati bikes and fight for the top five positions”.

The Ducati Team will be back again at Circuito de Jerez - Àngel Nieto for the Andalusian Grand Prix, from 24th- 26th July 2020.

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2019 Results

Founded in 1926, Ducati has produced sports bikes equipped with Desmodromic engines. Ducati sports bikes are a combination of innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Ducati - which in 2016 marked its 90th anniversary - is based in Borgo Panigale, in Bologna, Italy. Ducati officially participates in the MotoGP World Championship and the Superbike World Championship.

Source: Ducati

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