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Dovizioso had higher hopes than fifth

Dovizioso had higher hopes than fifth

The Italian finished one place higher than his starting position on the grid at Assen but admitted that he was slightly disappointed with the result.

Andrea Dovizioso’s attempt to secure a fourth straight podium was unsuccessful at the TIM TT Assen on Saturday, but the Repsol Honda rider still managed to score valuable Championship points with fifth place.

Having set himself high standards after top-three finishes in four of the five races before round six at Assen, Dovizioso was aiming for higher than the finish he achieved as he saw team-mate Dani Pedrosa move in front of him and into second in the overall standings, four points ahead.

“We had higher expectations for today’s race and so I’m a little disappointed with how things went. I made a good start and moved up to fourth but I couldn’t ride the laps under 1’35” that were needed to stay with the leaders,” said Dovizioso, who encountered some front-end issues midway through the race that he recovered from to challenge and beat Randy de Puniet in the fight for fifth.

“We weren’t at 100% with the front-end feeling which meant I couldn’t ride as aggressively as I wanted. Having said that, we could have finished in fourth today, but in the battle with Randy we lost time and Spies took advantage of our duel to get a gap. Considering how Dani’s and Casey’s soft tyres worked, our choice of the hard compound Bridgestone was perhaps not the perfect one today.”

Dovizioso is now focusing on the next round at Catalunya where he will have the chance to bounce back in just one week.

“We have to learn from this and I’m looking forward to Barcelona - it’s a track that I really like,” he said. “Today’s race was disappointing, but with only five days before we get back out on track we won’t have to wait long before we can make amends.”

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

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