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2009 season review: Andrea Dovizioso

2009 season review: Andrea Dovizioso

A second season in the premier class for the Italian, his first on a factory bike, started well but ended with him losing the fight for fifth spot by a single point.

An impressive rookie season in 2008 from Andrea Dovizioso was rewarded with fifth place and a factory ride with the Repsol Honda team in 2009, and the Italian’s season got off to a very promising start.

Finishes of fifth in the opening two races of the season in Qatar and Japan were quickly followed by a hat-trick of fourth places in France, Italy and Catalunya as Dovizioso rose to fourth in the standings, ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

However, a series of three DNFs then saw Dovizioso lose ground in his pursuit of the higher places, slipping to seventh after Germany. Those crashes at Assen, Laguna Seca and Sachsenring meant that strong results for the remainder of the season were needed if he was to regain hope of at least matching his 2008 achievement.

The response was immediate from Dovizioso, as he rode a highly impressive race at Donington in testing conditions to record his first MotoGP win. A trio of fourth places at Brno, Indianapolis and Misano in the races that followed placed him back in fifth spot.

A fourth crash of the season in Malaysia in the penultimate round of the calendar and an eighth-placed finish in Valencia made for a difficult end to Dovizioso’s second premier class season though, as he was denied fifth place in the standings by one point.

Continuing for Repsol Honda next season, Dovizioso will be determined to build on his maiden premier class win in 2010.

MotoGP, 2009, Andrea Dovizioso

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