Mixed feelings for Dovizioso and Hayden

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden had qualified higher up the grid than they expected in Germany, but feelings were more diverse by the time the 30-lap race had reached its climax on Sunday afternoon.

Dovizioso rose by two places in the race from ninth to seventh, whereas Hayden was less pleased after dropping to ninth from a sixth-placed start.

“Speaking from a personal perspective, I’m fairly pleased with the day,” Italian Dovizioso began, having 12 months earlier earlier finished on the podium for Monster Yamaha Tech 3. “All weekend it was very difficult to do a pace in the low 1’23s, so I’m satisfied that I managed to do it for the entire race. Obviously, we can’t be pleased with this result, as we were 30 seconds back, but it’s just further confirmation of our current gap. We couldn’t expect anything else today.”

Hayden last finished on the Sachsenring podium when he was third in 2007. Although his 2013 result was one position better than in 2012, on this occasion the gap to the winner was 45 seconds as opposed to 29 seconds one year previous.

“It certainly wasn’t the race we’d hoped for,” began the 2006 World Champion. “I was having a good morning Warm-Up until I had a crash right at the end. Even though it was a small one, it damaged the frame, so it was best to switch to the other GP13 for the race. I hadn’t ridden that bike much and I didn’t have the same feeling as with the other one, especially in terms of grip. In the beginning, every time I pushed, the rear would come around on me. It was a long, lonely race. We need to understand what happened because we had a much better pace than that all weekend.”

Bernhard Gobmeier, General Manager of Ducati Corse, also acknowledges that the team continues to face an uphill struggle as the halfway point of the season approaches.

“Again, this wasn’t one of our best weekends,” the German began. “On Nicky’s side we saw good pace in the practices and he was doing very well until his (Warm-Up) crash. We expected that he could do a similar pace for the race, but with the other bike we didn’t find the same grip levels. As for Andrea, unfortunately he crashed the new development frame on Friday morning and we had to go back to the standard version. Nonetheless, he did an excellent job to do those low 1’23s over the whole race distance.

“Again, we have a big job in front of us and we’re working hard on new solutions, but they need time to be tested and produced before they’re brought to the race track.”

Ducati Team now heads to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, where in 2012 Hayden ended the race in sixth position.

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