Dovizioso’s first race retirement of 2013

Dovizioso’s first race retirement of 2013
Monday, 2 September 2013

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was left annoyed to have crashed out of Sunday’s Hertz British Grand Prix, having been involved in a battle with teammate Nicky Hayden and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith.

The crash signaled the first time the usually consistent Italian had failed to finish a race since joining Ducati Team at the start of the 2013 season.

“It’s really a shame about the crash because I had a good strategy and Nicky and I had tried hard to stay with Smith for the whole race,” Dovizioso recalled. “We managed it until near the end. I was trying to put a small gap on them before the last corner, but I lost the front end at Turn 12, a spot where I really wasn’t expecting it.

“I was quite fast there and I felt safe. I don’t think I made a big mistake; maybe I was just going a bit faster than normal, but as we’re always riding at the limit the front closed and I went down. I’m really disappointed because I could’ve had eighth place, which we knew was the maximum that we could do this weekend. I lost some points in the championship and I’m very sorry for the team.”

The corner in question, Farm curve, had also been the scene of a crash for Hayden during the Sunday morning Warm-Up session.

“I was going fast in the Warm-Up but I had a high-speed crash that really beat up the bike,” explained the 2006 World Champion. “I had to use the other bike in the race, but even though it had an older engine it worked fine and I had a good battle with Bradley and Dovi. I had hoped before the race that we could really do something better than that, but I think eighth place was about the maximum that was possible today. The team is really working hard and they improved the bike a bit; we’ll keep rolling and try to make a step forward.”

Dovizioso’s non-finish sees him drop a position in the Riders’ Championship, falling to eighth overall behind GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

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