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Dovizioso: “Row 2 isn't much of a disadvantage”

Italian veteran happy with pace and ready for the race

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was happy with his lap in QP to line up P4 and head the second row, with Motegi providing good opportunity to move forward. The Italian is satisfied with the work throughout the weekend ahead of lights out and wanting to get out and test the true measure of the results - to see how that pace holds up over the ful 24 lap distance.

Andrea Dovizioso (P4 - 1'44.294): “I’m very happy with the lap time I set in qualifying: I did a really great lap and I’m also pleased with the job me and my team have been doing at this circuit. Fourth place is OK for me, because on this circuit it’s not much of a disadvantage to start from row 2. In FP4 we always kept up a good pace, but we are all pretty close and we will only see in the race who has worked the best. Our speed over the lap is in line with the quickest guys and the only question mark regards the possibility of keeping up the same pace for 24 laps.”