MotoGP » Mugello MotoGP: Dovizioso: Fifth best we could hope for


Andrea Dovizioso's fifth place on home soil at Mugello sees him rise above Valentino Rossi in the overall standings too.

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jarbarian - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 12:36 AM

Andrew, EVERYONE in MotoGP is riding for a paycheck. Hayden wants to win but he's on a handicapped bike. Ask Rossi (which is why he left). If Hayden was on a Repsol Honda he'd be in the top 3 every week.

adolf33 - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 7:10 AM

With Vale - Bautista - Marquez: the Ducatis would have come in 8th an 9th. Last year apr. 11 sec. gap - this year nearly 20 secs.
Can't see any progress. Loooser!

Poppy - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 9:43 AM

Nonsense comment Adolf - there is clear and obvious progress but Yamaha & Honda are moving forward too.
The problem has been the past two years - the bike was a winner in 2010 in the hands of Stoner but in the hands of Rossi and his crew for 2011 & 2013 it went backwards big time.

Poppy - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 9:43 AM

Nonsense comment Adolf - there is clear and obvious progress but Yamaha & Honda are moving forward too.
The problem has been the past two years - the bike was a winner in 2010 in the hands of Stoner but in the hands of Rossi and his crew for 2011 & 2013 it went backwards big time.

Stace

June 03, 2013 12:06 PM

Whilst not the best way of putting Adolf has a point. I noticed that in the interview with the new boss at Ducati yesterday on TV.

He was waxing lyrical about how much progress has been made, the improvements and how, whilst it's a long game, they are on the right road.

Then the riders were interviewed who said the same thing as Stoner, Rossi et al have said: it doesn't work.

If they do not open their eyes and accept that the bike doesn't work they are never going to fix it!

mike - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 12:10 PM

99 Crystal Ball:
"Wonderful effort from Dovi to claim 5th spot.He is realistic enough to admit it was the best he could have hoped for."

Rossi said exactly that for 2 years and got slagged off for it.

Rossi was a has-been when he was getting 5th. But if Dovi gets 5th he's done well!

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 12:33 PM

No offence Mike but there was a clear and definate difference in the expectations for Rossi and those for Dovi.
Dovi is not in the same league as Rossi.Rossi is a 9 time champion so big things were expected of him and they didnt come.Hence the grief he took at the time.
Noone was expecting Dovi to be winning races on the Ducati.EVERYBODY were expecting Rossi to win races on the Ducati..And i think thats the big difference.
But thats all ancient history now.

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