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Dovizioso: “We can do well in the next few races"

The Italian may have struggled with tyre choice at the German GP, however Dovi has the fight ready for the second stage of the Championship

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), starting 10th on the grid for the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix, was quick to move up from the 4th row all the way to the 4th spot by lap 18. However, he suffered a rather severe performance drop in the rear tyre and could only finish the German GP race in 8th place.

In the overall standings Dovizioso is now in third, just six points behind Marquez, who is the new Championship leader. This means he is one point behind Viñales, in second, and four ahead of Valentino Rossi who has been pushed back into 4th on the leader-board.

Dovizioso: “It’s a pity about my final position. We chose the soft rear tyre option for the race but we didn’t have much data because we didn’t do many laps in the dry, and unfortunately the risk didn’t pay off. Towards the end of the race I struggled because the performance of the tyre dropped off suddenly and quite a lot, but this is a very strange championship and it’s not always easy to manage the different situations. In the end the weekend here at the Sachsenring was quite complicated but also interesting for the future, because we were able to understand quite a bit more, both about the bike and about the tyres. In the race I felt good and I’m really happy about the feeling I had with my bike, so I think that we can do well in the next few races.”