Having shelved its weekend in Argentina, the Ducati Team is preparing for the race that will take place in Austin on the Circuit of the Americas.
The Texan racetrack, one of the last added to the MotoGP calendar, is a technical track with some sprints that make it possible to fully exploit the engine's power, and features the championship's longest straight (1,200 m) where the motorcycles can reach speeds of around 340kmh. It's an atypical track because the direction of travel is counter clockwise, but the number of curves is balanced, with 9 right turns and 11 left turns.
The four races held here have always had the same winner (Marc Marquez), but nonetheless Ducati has always been able to do well on the 5,500 m American track. For Dovizioso it's the track where he was able to take his first podium with Ducati in 2014, then repeating in the 2015 edition. In the last two years things have not gone so well. In 2016 he was eliminated from the competition due to an accident, and last year he rode more defensively, reaching sixth place. Lorenzo, on the other hand, could only manage a ninth place finish during the American stage.
As usual, for the American race Ducati riders will enjoy great support from the many local Ducati fans who will gather at Ducati Island, a village in true Ducati style within the circuit, where, in addition to being able to watch the race from a privileged position on turn 15, fans in red will be entertained by the many activities planned, including an autograph session with Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.