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Dovizioso delighted with Hayden pass

Andrea Dovizioso had openly doubted he could fight for Qatar victory just before the weekend, but following Casey Stoner's exit the Italian made the most of some impressive Honda engine power to take on reigning world champion Valentino Rossi for most of the race.

“My start was not so good but the first five laps were crucial for me to recover positions and glue myself behind Valentino,” said Dovi. “My Honda was very fast on the straight and I could use this advantage to compensate for our weaker points on the track.”

Dovi momentarily overtook his fellow Italian along the home straight on lap 16 of 22, but Rossi finally broke away soon after - with the second Fiat Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo claiming second place with two laps to go.

“When Valentino overtook me I tried to re-pass him, but he overtook me again and then I didn't have the possibility to get back by,” he stated.

That left Dovizioso to continue battling Nicky Hayden, the rider he had replaced at Repsol Honda for 2009 and whom he been directly behind, then in-front of, since lap three of the race.

Hayden looked to have stolen third with a pass just a few corners from the finish, but Dovizioso kept his cool and out-accelerated the factory Ducati to the flag.

“I did a masterpiece in the last corner of the last lap where I overtook Nicky on the inside and then I used all the power of the RC212V to get to the line first,” said the #4, who beat Hayden by just 0.011sec.

Qatar was Dovizioso's second podium as a Repsol Honda rider and third in MotoGP. The next best Honda was LCR's Randy de Puniet in sixth.

Dovizioso's team-mate Dani Pedrosa had made another of his superb starts to jump from seventh to first and turn one, and put up stubborn resistance for the first half-dozen laps. However his much-publicised handling problems meant he was only seventh at the finish.

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April 12, 2010 1:41 PM

The death of the Honda was greatly exaggerated, no? I surely didn't expect it after what we seen in testing. That damn Pedrosa shoots out of the box like no one I've ever seen. He's a master off the line. He also showed a bit of fight and a little back and forth that we don't usually see from Pedrosa. Usually when he is passed he just gives up. Too bad he couldn't hold pace because it would have added to the excitment. And Dovi. Brilliant race by the lad. He had some good scraps. I hated to see him pip Hayden at the line but he did and bagged the last spot on the box as a nice reward for his efforts.


April 12, 2010 8:45 AM

DOVI!!!! you produced something for us honda fans to be proud of!!!Nice ride son my heart was in my mouth till ya pipped Nicky at the line!!1 :p Judging from dovis/danis performance this "dog" of a bike doesnt seem as hopeless as winter testing suggested. Well atleast for the factory boys and depuniet/aoyama. Feel really sorry for Dani he seems utterly dejected poor lad he just wants to race and be at the front. Just wish his manager would leave and let the poor lad be. Dont think that'll happen though p.s ROFL at some of posts on the other pages. People complaining about the Yammies having a lack of top end power??? ummmm it was 1-2 finish with 5/8 satellite finish.

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