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Dovizioso disappointed by third row start

Dovizioso disappointed by third row start

Italian sees tough race ahead after qualifying eighth.

Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso equalled his lowest grid placing of the year in Assen, something that he sees as a big hinderance ahead of Saturday's race in the Netherlands. He is wary of the possibility that another flag-to-flag race will occur.

Andrea Dovizioso - 8th

“I have to say I’m quite disappointed about my qualifying result this afternoon because starting from the third row makes the race more complicated. Although my race pace was pretty good throughout the session, I didn’t manage to make the best of the soft tyre option, so tomorrow I will really have to focus on making a good start and recovering as many positions as possible during the first two or three laps. Apart from my grid position, I’m confident because I further improved my race pace with the hard Bridgestone tyres by two or three tenths compared to this morning’s session. Me and the crew will take a look at the data this evening to make some final decisions on the set-up solutions we tested this afternoon. The weather is looking uncertain again, but we’ve had some good wet/dry races this season so I’m not worried about the bike change if it happens.”

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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