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Dovizioso scores excellent fourth place

Dovizioso scores excellent fourth place

At the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on Sunday Andrea Dovizioso registered another good result for the Ducati Team in fourth place, taking the flag just 5.5s down on winner Valentino Rossi.

The Italian rider, who started from row two of the grid after qualifying sixth, was fifth at the end of the opening lap behind fellow Ducati man Andrea Iannone and was then passed by Dani Pedrosa on lap 4. Both riders moved ahead of Pramac Racing’s Iannone on lap 8, and after Marc Marquez’s crash, they found themselves in a battle for third.

Constantly setting quick lap times, Dovizioso remained right on Pedrosa’s tail until the final lap, but he was unable to pass the Honda rider and had to settle for fourth ahead of Iannone, who was fifth at the flag. Significantly, Dovizioso’s final gap from Rossi was 5.510s.

Dovizioso enthused, “I am so happy. I had a really great race. This weekend was actually quite a difficult one and I didn’t believe I could have such a race. I’d like to thank all the team because we are working so hard to try and make up the gap to the leaders, and slowly but surely we are succeeding. A gap of five seconds at the flag is like a dream, I didn’t think it was possible today.”

“We’re not yet close enough to fight with the front runners and we still have to grit our teeth for the entire race. I tried to grab third place from Pedrosa until the very end but today I was really over the limit in certain parts, so fourth was OK.”

Teammate Cal Crutchlow, who started from row 5, finished in ninth place after a good battle with Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez.

The Briton commented, “It is a rather a disappointing result considering I felt we could have competed a bit better with some of the riders in front of us this weekend. I never had a good feeling at the start of the race with a full fuel tank and couldn’t stop the bike so well. Once the fuel load went down, we started to get a bit faster, but I made a lot of mistakes in the race, maybe ten seconds worth.”

“Around lap 20 I felt I had a problem with the tyre so I had to slow down for two laps and check and then once I got going again I was doing my fastest laps in the race. Hopefully we can have a better race weekend at Aragon.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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