Andrea Dovizioso is celebrating his second MotoGP World Championship podium in little more than a week – and his third of the season – after being justly rewarded for his race-long resistance of Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies at the Sachsenring.
Having vowed to start the German Grand Prix aggressively after qualifying down on the third row of the grid, Dovizioso stayed true to his word by pushing way up to fourth position in the opening revolutions ahead of Spies and Crutchlow.
From here, Dovizioso proceeded to keep his fellow Yamaha riders at bay around the twisting German venue, the Italian's determined defence being rewarded when Tech 3 team-mate Crutchlow ran on under braking at turn one and put himself out of contention.
Releasing Spies to launch his own attack in the closing stages, Dovizioso was able to keep his factory counterpart at bay for the second weekend in a row, before receiving a further boost when Casey Stoner crashed out just corners from the chequered flag, promoting him to a third podium of the season.
“I am really happy to finish on the podium again and it is a great feeling to do it here because this track has never been the best for me,” he said. “It was the same in Assen last week, so to be on the podium there and also here at the Sachsenring shows the fantastic job that we are all doing in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team.
“Of course we have to consider ourselves a little bit fortunate today to finish third because of Casey's crash. But it proved how crucial it was for me to remain at the front of the battle with Cal and Ben for the whole race. If I had let them overtake me then perhaps I would not have been third.
“I am happy because I rode an intelligent race today. I never pushed completely at the limit, especially during the first laps, as I knew from the past that I would probably pay for that tactic at the end of the race. My focus was to be consistent and I managed that and that was the key to this result. I was only six seconds behind Lorenzo and that is good because he is the benchmark at Yamaha and that means I was only 0.2s per lap slower than him.
“We can still improve but my feeling with the Yamaha is fantastic and I am really happy with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. Now I go to my home race in Mugello with a lot of confidence and the goal will be to battle for the podium again.”