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Mixed feelings for Dovizioso and Hayden

Mixed feelings for Dovizioso and Hayden

Despite being disappointed with a 35-second margin to the race winner, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were pleased with their personal performances in the Czech GP.

Following their dramatic last-lap battle at Indianapolis seven days earlier, which featured the two bikes making contact, on this occasion it was the Italian who finished ahead of the American MotoGP™ World Champion of 2006.

“For what we could expect today, I’m pretty pleased because I was able to have a consistent pace and I managed to get under 1’58 at the end of the race,” Dovizioso began. “I did the whole race in front of Nicky; I pushed my hardest and I didn’t make many mistakes. I’m happy with my performance, but of course the gap is too much; 35 seconds is really a lot.”

Dovizioso would finish seventh, with Hayden in eighth position and pleased with the fact that he was the only prototype runner to select the softer option front tyre.

“Once again, the guys in front were quite a bit quicker than us,” Hayden commented. “Dovi got away from me in the beginning, but I was able to bring him back and race with him a bit. He was right in front of me at the end, but there was really nowhere to put in a clean pass without making it touchy; he rode a great race and covered all the lines the last couple laps.

“The bike was definitely better in the Warm-Up; and then in the race I felt the best over the bumps that I have all weekend. I did the sighting lap on the hard front tyre, but I switched to the soft on the grid. It was a bit of a gamble, but it turned out to be the right choice.”

Dovizioso and Hayden remain seventh and ninth in the championship, although the former now has GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista only four points behind him.

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