Dovizioso takes Sachsenring podium after late drama

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Andrea Dovizioso extended his outstanding run of form at Germany's Sachsenring today, the Italian rider capitalising on a late crash by reigning World Champion Casey Stoner to finish in third position.

Dovizioso rode a tremendous 30-lap race under severe pressure from Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Cal Crutchlow and Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies. Late drama unfolded in front of a crowd of over 80,000 fans when Stoner tumbled out of second at the penultimate corner on the final lap. Promoted into third position, Dovizioso aggressively attacked the final two corners to brilliantly fend off an attack from Spies and he took his 19th MotoGP podium by less than 0.1s after a tense run to the finish line.

Crutchlow was once again locked in a close and exciting duel with Dovizioso but just as the fight headed towards a nail-biting climax, Crutchlow ran off track at the first corner on lap 26. He managed to keep control of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine in the gravel trap and re-joined the race in 11th, and ultimately finished in eighth.

Andrea Dovizioso

"I am really happy to finish on the podium again and it is a great feeling to do it here because this track has never been the best for me. It was the same in Assen last week, so to be on the podium there and also here at the Sachsenring shows the fantastic job that we are all doing in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. Of course we have to consider ourselves a little bit fortunate today to finish third because of Casey's crash. But it proved how crucial it was for me to remain at the front of the battle with Cal and Ben for the whole race. Now I go to my home race in Mugello with a lot of confidence and the goal will be to battle for the podium again."

Cal Crutchlow

"I'm pretty disappointed to be honest and I think we definitely deserved better. My mistake was not passing Andrea earlier because I had the pace to be with Lorenzo. I was just waiting behind Andrea for the last five laps to size up an attack but unfortunately I ran off at the first corner. It was my mistake but I got back on track and was just as fast and recovered a couple of places, so it wasn't too bad in the end. I'm not sure why but Andrea's bike seemed to accelerate better than mine and he had more speed on the straight. Once again though I have showed what I am capable of. I got the third fastest lap of the race too so we definitely have the speed to battling in the top five at every race."

Press release courtesy of Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

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