Dovizioso secures second podium of 2014

Dovizioso secures second podium of 2014
Saturday, 28 June 2014

Andrea Dovizioso claimed second place at the Iveco Daily TT Assen, ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), registering a Ducati podium result for the second time this season.

Worsening weather saw the start of Saturday’s MotoGP™ contest delayed and the race eventually being declared wet.

Like the majority of the grid Andrea Dovizioso decided to play it safe and run wets, despite a drying track. The experienced Italian battled Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) in the initial stages of the race, both riders switching to slicks on the same lap.

Dovizioso was briefly able to lead after Marquez made a mistake and ran wide. Despite the Ducati rider’s best efforts he was unable to hold off the young Spaniard whose pace was simply higher. This is his and Ducati’s second podium of the season, the first coming in Austin.

Marquez was 6.714s clear of Dovizioso at the end of the race, with Pedrosa four seconds behind the Italian.

Dovizioso commented, “At the begining we undersood where it was wet and dry, so we could push very hard. And we made the same strategy as Marc, it was the best moment I feel. In the first lap on the slicks Marc pushed a little too much and had a moment of the left hand side of the tyre that was cold. I knew his pace was quicker so I stayed with him as long as I could.”

“It was a very hard race from beginning to end. It was important to understand the track, the colour at Assen is quite strange so it can be hard to see the wet and dry spots. In the first laps we tried to keep the RPM low to limit the spins, but then both Marc and I decide to push 100%,” he added on the importance of the early stages.

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