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Dovizioso provides explanation for second successive crash

Dovizioso provides explanation for second successive crash

Another DNF for Andrea Dovzioso at Laguna Seca saw him drop from fourth to sixth in the general standings.

Whilst his team-mate Dani Pedrosa bounced back from Repsol Honda’s Assen disaster with a superb win at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards earned more points in seventh place Andrea Dovizioso lost ground to both riders in the championship on Sunday, as he crashed out on lap seven.

Dovizioso had started in a promising manner from fifth on the grid and was riding strongly in fourth place in the early laps. The Italian looked capable of challenging for the podium but in an unfortunate incident he clipped the poles separating the pit lane exit from the fast first corner and bent his clutch lever.

Although he managed to keep pace with the leaders, his control of his factory RC212V was hindered and he crashed at the fifth corner on the seventh lap, forcing him out of the race for the second consecutive round.

Afterwards, the 23 year-old commented, “We were in good shape, I’d got into a fast rhythm and I’m sure we could have had good result, so I’m very disappointed. Unfortunately I made a mistake and I spoiled my opportunity.”

Explaining what had occurred in more detail he added, “During the first laps, I was behind Valentino Rossi, I wanted to overtake him and I was very close at the end of the straight. It’s a blind point and I was so close that I didn’t see the plastic poles that separate the track from the pit lane. I hit a few of them and in the impact the clutch lever bent, and from that moment on I couldn’t control the engine braking. It was my mistake as my line was too far to the left but after that it was tough to ride and change gear properly.”

He continued, “Nevertheless, I tried to stay up with the leaders. Then I lost the front and crashed after having had a couple of warnings. I’m really disappointed because we are getting closer to front-running pace at every race and here we could have done well. Still, I believe in myself, in the machine and in my team, and I really hope to get a good result soon.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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