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Dovi overcomes tough odds in Spain

Dovi overcomes tough odds in Spain

Dovi overcomes tough odds in Spain

Andrea Dovizioso rode through the pain barrier to take third in today's Gran Premi Gauloises de Catalunya, finishing behind Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. The Scot Racing rider suffered a heavy crash in Saturday's free practice session and sustained contusions to his chest, shoulders and neck, forcing him to sit out the final qualifying session. The Italian's courageous performance saw him clinching his fourth podium of the season.

"First of all I want to thank my team for the great work they have done," said Dovizioso after the race. "My shoulder is very painful, as I picked up a bad bruise yesterday, but the guys from the Clinica Mobile have done a great job. I was able to start normally and ride amongst the frontrunners."

"We opted for a compound which was a bit too soft, and in the fifth lap I lost the front and I could only avoid crashing out by using my knee. I managed to stay in the leading group without being able to cut the gap behind Pedrosa because of the problems I had with the front end. By mid-race the pain came back, but I gritted my teeth and kept pushing," explained the rookie.

"Considering that this morning I didn't know if I would be able to race, I'm very happy with this result. I really gave my best! After the crash I had yesterday it's great to score 16 points, but even if there's still a long way to go until the end of the Championship, I'm sorry to lose important points."

"Pedrosa has the advantage of having one year of experience in this class, but one good race is enough to reach the top of the standings. Lorenzo was really competitive, but he made a mistake colliding with Alex de Angelis, who was running a good race, and I reached the podium thanks to this mistake, too."


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