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Mixed feelings for Ducati Team riders

Nicky Hayden has dubbed the Jerez weekend his best of 2013 to date, whereas Ducati Team teammate Andrea Dovizioso struggled in Spain and was both out-qualified and out-raced by his teammate for the first time this season.

The American finished the Gran Premio bwin de España in seventh place, which was only one position but almost 42 seconds in front of his teammate.

“The small tweaks we made to the bike this morning were improvements and, after I was fifth in the Warm-Up with a decent pace, I was confident for the race,” said the 2006 MotoGP™ World Champion. “My start was okay, but I lost the gap when Bradl crashed in front of me and I wasn’t able to stay with Bautista and Crutchlow.

“Thanks to my physiotherapist, Alfredo Dente, and the Clinica Mobile, who helped me to race despite the problem with my wrist. With the adrenaline, the first 15 laps weren’t much of a problem, but the last part wasn’t much fun. It was our best weekend so far this season, so hopefully we can build on it.”

Dovizioso was less enthusiastic but is looking forward to riding the new Ducati GP13 Lab bike, which was raced today to 11th position by test rider Michele Pirro.

“I knew it would be a hard weekend but it was more difficult than I expected, especially the race,” admitted the Italian. “For sure the front tyre wasn’t suited to these conditions, but we shouldn’t complain too much because this is our gap at the moment.

“Anyway, I don’t want to find excuses because I didn’t ride as I wanted to today, while Nicky interpreted the track better. Tomorrow will be an important test to try the parts that Pirro raced with today and I’m confident.”

Monday’s single day of testing will be exclusively for the MotoGP™ class, taking place between 10am and 6pm local time (GMT +2).

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MotoGP, 2013, Michele Pirro, Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Test Team, Ducati Team

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