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Dovizioso misses podium by under a second

Dovizioso misses podium by under a second

Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso finished fifth after battling for third until the flag at Silverstone.

Dovizioso put in one of his best performances of the season at the Hertz British Grand Prix. Starting from the front row after setting the second quickest time in qualifying, the Ducati Team man crossed the line at the end of lap 1 in third place, and then found himself in a scrap with Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa for the rest of the 20-lap race.

After being passed by both riders between laps 5 and 7, Dovizioso never lost ground to his two adversaries. He re-passed Pedrosa for fourth on lap 13, but was then overtaken by the Spanish rider on the last lap. The Italian finished in fifth place, about nine seconds down on winner Marquez, but less than a second off the podium.

“Today we can say that fifth place was even a bit disappointing,” he said afterwards with a smile. “I fought for the podium throughout with Valentino and Dani, but I was slower than them in three or four corners: I was losing a lot of grip and I couldn’t use the strategy I wanted. Managing to stay with them right until the very end is however a really great satisfaction.”

“We worked well all weekend and the result confirms the improvements we are making. Finishing the race less than ten seconds behind the leaders was almost a dream before the start, but instead we did it and we were always in with a fighting chance of finishing on the podium.”

Cal Crutchlow had a more difficult home race after starting from row 5. After concluding the opening lap in 14th place, the Coventry rider finished 12th.

Crutchlow commented, “I’m pleased to finish the race, because one of our aims was to get a full race distance under our belt this weekend and I did that. Obviously I’m not happy with the end result, but we took a risk before the start and chose the hard front tyre that I didn’t do one lap on all weekend. I also made too many mistakes myself, and a 12th place finish in my home GP is not what I wanted.”

MotoGP, 2014, HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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