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Dovizioso inside the top three on Friday

Dovizioso inside the top three on Friday

Andrea Dovizioso was pleased to have posted a lap time quick enough for the top three as free practice action commenced for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

The Ducati Team rider’s personal best of 1’22.284 saw him move 62 thousandths of a second ahead of nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing), missing out on Marc Marquez’s top time for Repsol Honda Team by two tenths.

“It’s always nice to see your name up high on the monitors!” the Italian laughed. “I had Marquez as a distant reference point, but the lap was really good. Anyway, I have the sensation that we’re closer than at the other tracks and, although Laguna is quite unusual, our GP13 is working a bit better here.

“Our pace isn’t bad, but that’s the case for many of the riders so we’ll have to see tomorrow. It’s too early to make predictions, but I’m pleased with how we started today. I only rode with the new frame and the difference is really minimal, although I can’t say exactly because I didn’t do a comparison. I don’t think there are any downsides, so we’ll continue with it.”

Last year at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Dovizioso finished fourth for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, just fending off then teammate Cal Crutchlow.

MotoGP, 2013, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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