Progress on mixed day for Ducati Team

Ducati Team Austin race review
Sunday, 13 April 2014

A first podium for Andrea Dovizioso as a Ducati rider was great news for the Italian factory, but that success was contrasted by a crash and a right hand injury for Cal Crutchlow at Austin.

After a preseason which saw significant management changes and adaptation to the new Open rules, Ducati appear to be achieving progress with their hard work.

The changes being made by incoming Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna seem to be taking affect as Sunday saw Ducati score their first podium since Valentino Rossi finished second at Misano in 2012.

Dovizioso had a solid race, fighting to overtake Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) at various points.

It was also the Italian’s first podium with Ducati, having finished a best of fourth last year at Le Mans. Dovizioso finished in third place and 20.976s down on Pedrosa, so of course there is still room for improvement.

He commented, “We worked very well during the practice, but we didn’t think he had the pace to fight for the podium. I always push 100% to get a result and we got something special after struggling for a while. I want to say thank you to the team and everyone working with me because it’s very hard working like this.”

Crutchlow had a difficult weekend and race, with technical problems hindering his efforts. Tyre problems saw him pit for a mid-race change, swapping to the softer option.

The British rider was making his way up the order he crashed heavily at Turn 2. He was stretchered away and required an x-ray to rule out a right wrist injury - but it is hoped that with a fractured finger he will be able to ride in Argentina in two weeks’ time.

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