For the third event in a row, misfortune brought an early end to Andrea Dovizioso’s race.
Starting in fourth, Andrea Dovizioso was the leading Ducati on the grid and aimed to continue his form into the race. It had been a difficult weekend for all Ducati riders but Dovizioso’s improved speed in Qualifying offered hope. Great launches from Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) saw the Italian pushed back to sixth position on the opening lap and he soon found himself in the company of Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar). Dovizioso looked to be holding steady inside the top seven, waiting to attack in the second half of the race, until on lap ten disaster once again struck the Italian. A water pump on his Desmosedici GP broke and spilt water over the rear wheel, forcing Dovizioso to slow and return to the pits before retiring. Once more a promising race ended too early as the Italian walked back into the garage to spectate another Grand Prix.
The Ducati Team were present at the post race test on Monday in Jerez. Dovizioso spent the majority of the day evaluating the three new front tyres brought by Michelin as Ducati had no major upgrades to test. He once more tried a swingarm used during testing and set a best time of 1’40.027 to conclude the day as the tenth fastest rider. Neither Ducati nor Dovizioso were overly worried about testing new parts or setting fast laps as they will run a private test in Mugello. After their test, Ducati will join the paddock in Le Mans for round five.
Andrea Dovizioso: “It was a pity because another no-points score in the championship was the last thing I needed. We had a problem with the water pump: some water came out and finished on the rear wheel and I almost crashed three times so had to retire. If however we try and look at the positives, we are working well, my feeling with the bike is good and this is the most important thing for me, even though it’s true that here at Jerez we never managed to be as competitive as in the first three GPs. On a personal level it’s important for me to be sure that I haven’t made any errors in the last three races, and this gives me the confidence to try and be competitive again immediately, starting from Le Mans.”