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Just when things looked to be going well for Andrea Dovizioso, he fell from a potential podium finish in Le Mans.
The French GP was a gruelling race for riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship, just 13 finishing after a number of crashes. Unfortunately Andrea Dovizioso was one of those who failed to finish, the Ducati Team rider in contention for the podium before sliding off. He and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) fell in unison at Turn 7, losing the front end at the exact same time. Before this Dovizioso had been showing well, fighting with Marquez and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) for a potential podium position. This is the third straight race Dovizioso has failed to finish, and the fourth where a crash or technical issue has hampered his performance.
While many may have lamented what could have been, Dovizioso again looked at the positives. His performance proved that both he and Ducati can run at the front, but work still needs to be done over race distance. 23 World Championship points have the Italian in 11th overall, two points behind his teammate who has had an equally difficult start to 2016. The sixth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship will take place in Mugello, the home of both Dovizioso and Ducati.
Andrea Dovizioso: “It’s a real pity because we had guessed the right strategy and managed to start the race well. I was in the group following Lorenzo and trying to understand where it was possible to try and attack Rossi, but at the entry to Turn 7 the front tyre lost grip and I found myself on the ground. After analyzing the telemetry, we saw that I had a lean angle that was only two degrees higher than the previous laps, but, even without taking this into account, the tyres were working quite well this weekend. Unfortunately it is a characteristic of theirs to not give any warning when they lose grip, and I crashed. Today’s performance gave us some important feedback for the future, because it proved that we can be quick, but not for the entire duration of the race. Now we have to work to be more consistent, and then go on to find pure performance.”
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