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Softer front tyre hampers Dovizioso's podium challenge

'I made the wrong choice with the front tyre. I wanted to race with the hard one like Cal [Crutchlow] but I changed on the grid to the soft option' - Andrea Dovizioso
Italy's Andrea Dovizioso's challenge for a top three finish at Jerez faded after deteriorating grip hampered his progress in the latter stages of the race.

Unlike his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow, Dovizioso chose a softer compound Bridgestone front tyre and experienced a loss of grip when he needed it most.

Dovi had been involved in the battle for the top three in the first 10 laps of the race, but was unable to sustain the challenge and eventually came home in a comfortable fifth position.

“It has been a very tricky weekend because I don't particularly like this track and while I am not completely comfortable with the Yamaha YZR-M1 machine it means I struggled quite a lot,” he said.

“What I need more than anything is time in the dry to improve my performance and show what I know I am capable of. I am really happy with my start today and for the first laps of the race I was able to fight in the leading group and this helped collect a lot of information that will help me improve in the future.

“It was very interesting following Cal because he is still much faster than me entering the corner and I need to adapt my style more to take profit in this area, which is the strong point of the Yamaha,” he added.

“I also made the wrong choice with the front tyre. I wanted to race with the hard one like Cal but I changed on the grid to the soft option as all the top guys selected the softer tyre.

“But from the middle of the race I couldn't maintain my pace to stay with Cal and Dani,” said Dovizioso.

“It was still a positive experience with everything I learned, so I am looking forward to hopefully a completely dry weekend in Estoril.”

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bjr - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 1:06 PM

Don't know what back room deals Dovi's done, but if Crutchlow keeps outshining him for the rest of the season and Dovi get's Spies seat, then I'd be a bit miffed. It didn't take Stoner a season or two to get used to the Ducati or Honda, I don't see why Dovi should need a season or two on the Yamaha before starting to beat his team mate. Dovi needs to step up.


May 01, 2012 10:02 AM

Reading some of these comments you'd think Dovi got his **** handed to him in both races by Cal. Cal's been awesome so far this year, but he finished only 0.3 of a second ahead of Dovi in Qatar. Still early days: I wouldn't be writing Dovi off just yet. It took Cal a bit of time to get used to the Tech 3, he spent most of last year picking it up out of the gravel... predicting who's gonna be riding the factory Yamaha after two races is a bit rash

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