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Steady progress and improved track conditions allow Andrea Dovizioso to qualify in fifth for the Argentina GP.
Grip has been at a premium all weekend at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, conditions improving on Saturday. These improved conditions forced riders to alter their setup to suit the ever changing Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, Andrea Dovizioso and his Ducati Team made steady progress to remain within touching distance of the leaders. After ending FP3 in ninth and FP4 in sixth, Dovizioso was confident ahead of Q2. The factory Ducati rider was able to drop into the 1’40’s, improving his best time in line with the rest of the field. A 1’40.198 earned him fifth, 0.787s back on pole position and the leading Ducati rider.
In Qatar, ‘Desmo Dovi’ started from sixth and finished in second, a second row start by no means a death sentence for one of the most experienced riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship. Track conditions could change yet again before the race as rain remains a very real possibility. Fortunately Dovizioso has a reputation as one of the premier class’ top wet weather riders, his only MotoGP™ race win coming at a wet British GP in 2009.
Andrea Dovizioso: “Today was an important and positive day: we found the track to be in a better condition than yesterday and the feeling with the bike is now very good. We managed to improve above all the front and so now I can push a lot harder. It’s not going to be easy to stay with the leaders in the race, in particular Marquez and Rossi, but seeing as all the sensations are good, we really must try to do so. We may also have to take into consideration the conditions tomorrow, because every day here in Argentina the track changes, and so we’ll have a good look at the situation during the warm-up.”
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