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Good start the key for Dovizioso

Good start the key for Dovizioso

The Repsol Honda rider will try to maintain his podium form from sixth on the starting grid in Saturday’s TIM TT Assen.

The Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso will start from sixth place on the grid for tomorrow’s TIM TT Assen after a tricky qualifying session for the factory Honda rider at Assen today. The Italian is looking to make improvements to his race set-up ahead of tomorrow’s 26-lap encounter after today’s two MotoGP sessions did not yield the results he was looking for.

Dovizioso will start from the second row as he bids to extend his recent run of rostrum finishes which has seen him in the top three in four of the first five races of 2010. He set his fastest lap of the qualifying session on only his 11th of 30 laps this afternoon and, while still lacking the front-end feeling that he’s looking for from his RC212V at Assen, he was not able to improve on that lap in the second half of the session.

“Tomorrow we will start from the second row which is okay, and with a good start I hope to get away with the leaders,” Dovizioso said. “The gap to the front of five-tenths of a second is not too much and we also have a good race pace, although actually I set this lap when I was following Lorenzo. We have some front-end issues that we need to solve and this is what we want to sort out by tomorrow afternoon - otherwise it will be a difficult race. In fact I’m losing time in T3 and T4, which are the fastest parts of the track, so front end feel is really important here. However, I’m feeling confident and I think that the team and I can come up with some ideas to improve things for tomorrow.”

Press release courtesy of Repsol Honda

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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