As we approach the halfway mark of the MotoGP season, some may say we are in a similar position to when we started – trying to decide between the three main protagonists – Andrea Dovizioso doesn’t count as one of these… doesn’t he?
Only, actually, we do have some answers to a lot of the questions we were wrestling with a few months ago. Maverick Vinales does feel pressure and does make mistakes. Any notions of him running away with the title have now surely been dismissed. Marc Marquez can muscle decent results out of the unruly Honda RC213V and Valentino Rossi can still be a force. It is Andrea Dovizioso that remains the most difficult question to answer: can he really threaten for the title?
It seems the Ducati works very well at some tracks and poorly at others. Last year he had a bad run from the British GP, the Italian GP and the Aragon. But the work on the motorcycle is paying off and if he can keep scoring decent points, it looks like he’s not about to go away.
And he had the bonus of not being taken out by his teammate this year. His 2017 teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, to too far back to take him out!