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Heartbroken Dovizioso feels for fans

Heartbroken Dovizioso feels for fans

After the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini 250cc contest ended in heartbreak for Andrea Dovizioso the Italian rider was unable to hide his huge disappointment after seeing a crucial World Championship opportunity slip from his grasp in front of an expectant home crowd.

After the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini 250cc contest ended in heartbreak for Andrea Dovizioso the Italian rider was unable to hide his huge disappointment after seeing a crucial World Championship opportunity slip from his grasp in front of an expectant home crowd.

A gap of 30 points separating Dovizioso from World Champion Jorge Lorenzo before the weekend was increased to 55 with only five rounds of the season remaining - as the Kopron Team Scot rider went from race leader, on lap 17, to non-finisher following the engine failure of his Honda RSW on lap 19.

Like his compatriot Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP class who also retired due to mechanical problems to the dismay of huge numbers of fans at Misano - it was a cruel blow for a hugely popular competitor. Especially for Dovizioso having ridden so brilliantly for most of the race to hold off Lorenzo, after taking the lead from second on the grid.

Although Lorenzo had got back in front just over a lap before the Honda riders retirement from the race, a third victory of the year still looked a distinct possibility for Dovi but ultimately on this occasion it was not to be.

Once the action had come to a disappointing conclusion for 21 year-old Dovizioso, he dejectedly apologised to his supporters, commenting: Im so sorry about the way this turned out. Im sorry for myself, for the team and for my fans here, especially considering the hard work we did this season which allowed us to stay ahead and to progress race after race. What happened today doesnt reflect fairly on the effort we have made. Its hard to accept this ending in my home race where I really could have won or at least fought for the victory until the end.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Andrea Dovizioso

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