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Dovizioso ahead of Crutchlow in Estoril

Dovizioso ahead of Crutchlow in Estoril

Andrea Dovizioso secured his best Yamaha result so far in today's Estoril MotoGP round, the Italian leading home Cal Crutchlow to help the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team celebrate a third consecutive double top five finish in 2012.

For the third race in a row in the new 1000cc MotoGP World Championship category, fans were thrilled by an exciting inter-team duel between Dovizioso and Crutchlow for fourth position. But it was Dovizioso who prevailed with a display full of determination and skill once he seized fourth place from Crutchlow with a clinical overtake at the first corner on lap five.

Today's result means Crutchlow remains in fourth place in the overall rankings on 37-points, with Dovizioso just two-points further back in fifth.

Andrea Dovizioso 4th – 35 points:

"I am very satisfied with my performance in today's race and particularly with the pace I could run because I was very fast and consistent throughout. It is a good way to end the weekend because a few small problems on Friday and Saturday meant we could not work as much as we would have liked to improve the bike. I am happy because the target this weekend was to reduce the gap to the fastest and we managed to achieve that."

Cal Crutchlow 5th – 37 points:

"I'm pretty happy with fifth place but I would like to have been a bit closer to the top three like I was in Jerez. Fair play to Andrea because he rode a great race once he passed me early on and it didn't matter how much pressure I put on him, he never cracked. I certainly couldn't have done anything else to try and pass him but it is another top five finish and I am still fourth in the points. I had a couple of issues, which didn't help me. I knew rear grip was going to be an issue in the race and that's how it turned out."

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:

"That's three races now in 2012 that have been exciting but also nerve-wracking to watch as the manager of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. On one hand I want to see all the races like this with Andrea and Cal battling inside the top five, but it is always tense when they are fighting so hard together. But credit to both of them because they delivered another fantastic double result for Tech 3 and today confirmed how strong our line-up is in 2012 and how competitive the Yamaha YZR-M1 package is"

MotoGP, 2012, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL CIRCUITO ESTORIL, RAC, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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