Dovizioso Unhappy with New Bike from Honda
The performance got him a ride with Honda's works team for 2009. And one would think that was a step forward. However, after the first couple of winter tests this year, the new machinery for 2009 proved unexpectedly poor-developed. In an interview for Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Dovizioso admitted he is not at all happy with Honda's new package for the upcoming season and also pointed out the area that need serious improvement ahead of the season opener in Qatar.
“It's early to tell, but I expected a more competitive package. I don't know how much that's down to Pedrosa and how much down to Honda. My understanding is that I think he doesn't want many changes,” said Dovisiozo for the aforementioned publication, as reported by autosport.com.
“We have a few little problems, especially with rear stability under braking, but also engine power output. There's also work to do on the clutch. We are slow at turn entry and in Qatar, with cold and damp conditions, the bike would slide a lot under braking,” added Dovi.
It is commonly known that part of the reason why Nicky Hayden chose to leave Honda after the 2009 season – or Honda refused to extend his deal – was because most of the development on the Honda bike was focused on Pedrosa. However, since the Spaniard is now fighting with a series of injuries following his crash in Qatar, improving the bike's performances rests on Dovizioso's shoulders.
The next (and last) official test to be conducted by the MotoGP caravan this offseason is 2 weeks away, at Jerez. Pedrosa is yet to confirm his presence at the Spanish track, as he underwent a wrist surgery last week, in Barcelona.