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Dovizioso claims third podium of the year

"Andrea reported a vibration from the rear of his bike, but investigation shows that this didn't have anything to do with the rear tyre..."
For the first half of Saturday's Dutch TT, Andrea Dovizioso kept the pressure on team-mate and MotoGP title leader Casey Stoner for second place.

But the Italian's hopes of finishing as the top Repsol Honda rider for the first time this year were blighted by a strange vibration.

Dovizioso's pace dropped and he was almost 20sec behind Stoner at the chequered flag, but achieved his aim of holding onto third place, with Ducati's Valentino Rossi three-seconds behind.

“When we were on the grid, the weather was still unpredictable and the track was not completely dry, so we went for a safe tyre selection, choosing the soft front tyre," explained Dovizioso.

"This choice influenced my race because when I tried to stay with Casey, I was losing the front and I couldn't push harder. This is my only disappointment today. Then after 15 laps, a strange vibration on the rear began. It was very annoying and I couldn't understand what it was.

"As I had a good margin from Valentino, I rode more carefully to secure the third position. After the race we saw that the front tyre had some issues, which Bridgestone will analyse."

The investigation showed that the 'rear' vibration actually came from the front tyre.

"Andrea reported a vibration from the rear of his bike, but investigation shows that this didn't have anything to do with the rear tyre but may have been the effect he felt of graining on the right side of the front tyre," said Bridgestone's Hirohide Hamashima.

Dovizioso is now third in the world championship, and just nine points behind Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.



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nebar1

June 27, 2011 10:39 AM

3rd in the Championship and still people want him out. What's up with some people? Dovi is a good rider, wet or dry. He has been shafted in the past by Honda, and he has had a few hard moves put on him in races, but he never complains, is always smiling, and is a bloody good team mate to Casey. What's not to like? Sorry, rant over, I'm a fan of the lad.

Hands Down - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 4:22 AM

Who would you want in your team? Someone who is consistent, fast and skillful who will back your teams aims giving you a valuable point spread from your opposition. OR A buffoon like Canofjelly who only rides for himself and is just as likely to put your top riders if not out for the season, but out of contention for a WC whilst all the while having no chance of his own.



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