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Dovizioso returns to scene of 2008 heroics

Dovizioso returns to scene of 2008 heroics

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso is back on form as he heads to Indianapolis, where he briefly led the race last year.

MotoGP’s ‘Mr Consistency’ until a recent rollercoaster spell, Andrea Dovizioso returned to normality in fourth place in the Czech Republic at the last round, having recorded three consecutive DNFs followed by his first ever race win at the previous four races.

The young Italian is confident of delivering a strong performance this weekend at Indianapolis, where he led the first two laps of last year’s weather-affected race while riding for the Scot Racing team, before finishing fifth as the conditions deteriorated rapidly.

After his superb Donington win and yet another fractional podium miss at Brno, another strong result for Dovizioso this weekend would give him a good chance of moving ahead of Colin Edwards and into fifth place in the standings.

Indeed Dovizioso was unlucky again at the last round as his finished the Czech contest under a second behind third placed Toni Elías, but the factory Honda man can hunt down Edwards in the standings to give his season a rosier tint, with the Texan sitting just five points in front of him.

Going into the Indy weekend, Dovizioso stated, “This is the second time that we race at Indianapolis and I have to say that last year I immediately found a good feeling with this new track. It’s a typical American venue with great facilities and huge grandstands so the experience of riding there is special.”

“I was fourth in the last race at Brno but that was actually a little disappointing because I was so close to the podium again, so I’m looking forward to getting back on track and putting that right. It won’t be easy, especially during the first practice session because it’s a different type of circuit and it’s not so easy to dial into the layout at the beginning. However, I expect us to be closer to the front at this race because the track is quite slow and I think that we will have fewer problems than in Brno where the track amplified our issues.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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