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Dovizioso satisfied with Friday work in Donington

Dovizioso satisfied with Friday work in Donington

Repsol Honda man concentrating on Saturday afternoon session after wet run.

Fourth fastest in Friday practice for the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso assesses his chances of a top grid position for the Sunday race as ‘decent’ following the wet session.

“I’m satisfied with the job we did today. Of course we need to tune the set-up and improve the traction in wet conditions, but this was a good way to begin the last British Grand Prix at Donington,” said the Repsol Honda rider, just over half a second down on teammate and fastest Friday man Dani Pedrosa.

The practice started in very wet conditions and I had a good feeling on the bike from the beginning of the session so I’m pleased about that. The track had quite a reasonable level of grip and the pace I could set was good straight away.

“Conditions were changing all the time and in the last part of the session when the track was 90 per cent dry, I couldn’t set the fastest lap that I was capable of because I waited for a couple of laps and didn’t use the wet tyres to the maximum when they were new,” he reviewed.

Dovizioso had a disastrous qualifying session last time out in Germany, where he could only salvage eleventh on the grid under tricky conditions. The pressure is on the factory rider for race day after three consecutive DNFs, but at the moment his main focus is Saturday afternoon and what he expects to be a positive run.

“I’m confident for tomorrow and I think we have a decent chance of getting a good grid position here,” he declared confidently.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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