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Dominant Friday for Ducati man Dovizioso

Dominant Friday for Ducati man Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso overcame a crash at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in tricky conditions to put his Ducati top on the opening day.

The factory Ducati rider was third in the opening practice session, behind Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). The Italian is acknowledged for his wet weather skill, having claimed victory at Donington Park in 2009 in the wet.

A 1’52.093s saw Dovizioso just 0.090s behind Marquez in FP1. The afternoon session saw the Ducati rider reduce his time by almost three seconds, down to a 1’49.195s, the fastest time of the opening day. This was despite a small off early in the session.

Ducati teammate Cal Crutchlow finished 11th in Free Practice 2 and on the combined times. The Ducati pair benefitted from a private test pre-Silverstone.

Dovizioso stated, “It was better this afternoon with the softer tyre but the grip was not so great. I crashed, everyone crashed! But we made a small change in the last exit and I could understand why I crashed and understand how to make a really good lap time.”

He added, “It looks like it will be dry on Sunday and I’m happy about that, we have a good pace in the wet and dry. It depends how much water there is as to whether we can use the hard or soft rain tyre, especially in the front.”

MotoGP, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Ducati Team

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