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Dovizioso: “I’m a bit disappointed about my fourth”

Dovizioso: “I’m a bit disappointed about my fourth”

A busy day for Andrea Dovizioso as he tests new Ducati winglets before securing fourth at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

The FP4 session saw the Ducati Team debut an extra set of winglets for the GP15, brining the total number up to four, the aim to help reduce wheelie. These additions saw Andrea Dovizioso finish FP4 in seventh with valuable knowledge gained not just for the race, but also the remainder of the season. As he entered the critical Q2 session, ‘Desmo Dovi’ opted for the extra-soft rear tyre to set a quick time, which came during his second run at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. A 1’44.332 secures Dovizioso fourth on the grid, leading the second row and the Ducati charge with a time just 0.532s slower than pole setter and record breaker Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha).

However, the Ducati mounted rider was left disappointed as the curtain came down on Q2 as he felt he could have produced a lap good enough for third, but understands that beyond that would have been near impossible. While his race pace looks strong, Dovizioso is aware he doesn’t have the pace to stay with Lorenzo at the front of the field but does feel he can be in the mix for a podium finish. Ducati have always gone well in Motegi, in 2014 Dovizioso claimed pole and Casey Stoner took their last win 2010.

Andrea Dovizioso: “I’m a bit disappointed about my fourth place in qualifying, but I think that at the most we could have got a third place and nothing more. So for me that’s OK, because I also feel we’ve worked well throughout the weekend and we have a good race pace. We’re still missing a bit of pace to stay with Lorenzo, who is quite far away, but we are back to being quick and amongst the frontrunners once again. Now we’ll only get a better idea of how competitive we are in tomorrow’s race.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Q2, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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