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Fourth place for Dovizioso as Crutchlow crashes on last lap

Fourth place for Dovizioso as Crutchlow crashes on last lap

Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth in the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, round 16 of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship, whilst his teammate Cal Crutchlow suffered an unfortunate crash on the very last lap when running in second place.

At the Phillip Island circuit Dovizioso scored a positive result after fighting with the Espargaro brothers, Bradley Smith and Stefan Bradl throughout the race for fifth and in the end, helped by several DNFs, he was able to take fourth at the flag.

Dovizioso’s Ducati Team colleague Crutchlow was unlucky not to reach the chequered flag after arguably his best race and weekend of the year. The Coventry rider was holding on to second place behind eventual race winner Valentino Rossi, when he lost the front of his Desmosedici GP14 at turn 4 of the final lap and had to retire.

After a slowish start from second on the grid, Crutchlow was ninth at the end of lap 1, but had moved up to fourth by lap 6. He gained another place after Marc Marquez crashed on lap 18 and then took Jorge Lorenzo on lap 23, but the final lap crash denied the British rider a podium.

Dovizioso said afterwards, “It was a really unusual race, and I can’t say that I am happy with this weekend because I was never really competitive. This experience will be useful for next year however. We must understand where and how we can improve. I’m pleased to finish fourth at the flag because scoring a result like this, with the pace that we had before the race, is in any case positive. Now we go to Malaysia and Sepang, which is a track I love, so we’ll try and do better.”

Crutchlow admitted, “I’m absolutely gutted with today’s result. We didn’t deserve that. The first time I slowed throughout the whole race was on the last lap and the front tyre obviously cooled down. I chose the asymmetrical and this was always the risk that we took. It was just a shame that the only mistake I made was slowing down a bit and not carrying on pushing for the rest of the lap. It’s a disappointment to my team, because I believe they deserved it and I’m really sorry for that.”

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Ducati Team

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