Dovizioso on second row for Jerez showdown

Ducati Team Jerez Q2 review
Saturday, 3 May 2014

Andrea Dovizioso qualified in sixth place on Saturday in Jerez and will be striving for a good points haul in Sunday’s 27-lap race at the Gran Premio bwin de España.

The Ducati Team rider, who had concluded the three free practice sessions that give direct access into Q2 in eighth place, managed to take another couple of tenths off his time in the final qualifying session, using two extra-soft rear tyres. The Italian’s second run powered him to sixth place, one second away from the top slot.

Dovizioso commented, “I am very happy with qualifying and the time that I did, even more so because I did it on my own. I think I really managed to get the best out of my bike in these very difficult conditions because the temperature is very high for the tyres we had available. I got an unexpected second row start and this will help us for the race, because Jerez is a narrow track, and in the early laps you can lose a lot of time if you don’t start up at the front.”

Day two in Jerez was not so positive for Cal Crutchlow, who only stepped back onto his GP14 yesterday after missing the Argentina GP due to an injury to his right hand he suffered at Austin. Battling against increasing pain due to effort and fatigue, the British rider tried to end the day with a decent performance, but had to settle for fourth in Q1, which meant that he did not go through to Q2. As a result he will start from row five.

Meanwhile, Crutchlow added, “I am a bit disappointed with the end result and the qualifying position, but I think it was as to be expected for this weekend. We really struggled with the grip at the front and the rear of the bike, and I didn’t have confidence to push with the bike as much as possible. When I tried I made some mistakes and was at my limit.”

Michele Pirro, the Ducati Test Team rider, qualified in 17th place - so will start from the sixth row.

 

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