Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Italy and Team heads down a straight during the of Netherlands – Qualifying on June 27, 2014. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

After the satisfaction of Assen, where Andrea Dovizioso finished second, the Ducati Team now arrives in Germany for the ninth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Sachsenring circuit.

The Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest circuits on the calendar, but it is by no means an easy track. Its counter-clockwise layout contains several truly difficult curves, as well as a number of ups and downs.

Dovizioso has obtained one podium in MotoGP there with a third place in 2012. Cal Crutchlow finished runner-up in the race at the German track twelve months ago.

“The result at Assen was very important for me and the Ducati Team,” said Dovizioso, “but I don’t think we have the speed in dry conditions to be able to aim for the podium too much. As always, however, we must push 100 percent and improve over last year. In my opinion, Sachsenring is too short and too tight for MotoGP, but I think the bike has improved from last year so we have to show the difference at every race, like we did at Assen.”

Crutchlow added, “I’ve never ridden at the Sachsenring on the Ducati, but I like the track and went really well there last year, when I was second in qualifying and finished second in the race, which is one of my best results ever in MotoGP.”

“Unfortunately, because of the layout and the corners I think we will have a few problems with understeer on this track, but we will see and as always I’ll try my best to be competitive.”

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