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Dovizioso content with fifth whilst Crutchlow unhappy with brake problem

Dovizioso content with fifth whilst Crutchlow unhappy with brake problem

An excellent performance by Andrea Dovizioso saw the Italian rider finish Sunday’s race fifth in Jerez, but there were contrasting fortunes for his teammate Cal Crutchlow.  

Dovizioso, who led going into the first turn after a brilliant start, ran fifth for almost the entire race, but he also had to defend the place from Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista. The battle only ended at the final corner before the chequered flag, when Dovizioso dived inside Bautista to take the fifth slot.

The race was an unfortunate one for Crutchlow, who had a difficult weekend. Despite the problem of his right hand, injured at Austin, the British rider started well from row 5 and immediately began to lap strongly. He passed five riders in four laps and was soon up into ninth. Unfortunately at the end of lap five he had to return to the pits with a front brake problem that led to his definitive retirement.

Michele Pirro’s race, on board the Ducati Test Team’s GP14, did not last long: after three laps in fact the Italian crashed in the final part of the circuit and was unable to continue.

 An upbeat Dovizioso commented, “I am so happy with this fifth place. Jerez is one of the toughest tracks for Ducati and for me: this result is very important and it confirms that we are working well and that I can now manage to get the best out of the GP14 in the race. The gap to the leaders however is still too big, but in this early part of the season we didn’t expect anything else. We will continue to work hard because we want to get closer to the front, but winning the battle today against a Honda and an Open Yamaha, on a track where there is a lot of tyre wear, was a great satisfaction for me.”

Crutchlow said, “I am very disappointed with today’s result, especially because I got a great start and the feeling with my bike in the race was the best I’ve had all weekend. I was making up a lot of places and was up to ninth when my brakes failed. I slowed down for a lap to try and see if they would work again, but they didn’t and I pulled in just to be on the safe side, but it was clear that I had no brake lever working. It’s a pity, because I was happy and comfortable on the bike in the early stages and was sure I could have got a good result in the group that involved Andrea today. As for my hand, once the race got going it was no problem.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Ducati Team

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