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Dovizioso dissatisfied with fourth

'It's hard to be satisfied with this fourth place and there are a few reasons why' - Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso bolstered his chances of overhauling Casey Stoner for third in the MotoGP world championship but was essentially unhappy with fourth place at Motegi.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider is now just five points behind reigning champion Stoner in the points standings with three races remaining.

However, Dovi – who was promoted to fourth place after team-mate Cal Crutchlow ran out of fuel on the final lap – was disappointed with how the weekend unfolded in Japan.

“It's hard to be satisfied with this fourth place and there are a few reasons why,” he said.

“First of all I was not as fast as I believe I should be. It was actually a strange weekend because of the problems with the brakes.

“This track is so hard for braking that we worked a lot and tried many things to solve that problem.

“But at the beginning of the race the brakes did not work properly and I did not understand why and I had to keep some margin in the corners, as I could not stop as I normally do,” Dovizioso explained.

“After a few laps it started to get better and I could push more and more but I had already lost a lot of time.”

The Italian also admitted he was unable to find his usual ultra-smooth rhythm as he attempted to close the gap to Alvaro Bautista and Crutchlow.

“I did not ride as smooth as I wanted as well, so I could not catch up to Alvaro and Cal,” he said.

“It's a pity because I expected more from this weekend, so I suppose fourth is not so bad.

“Now I'm looking forward to going to Sepang next week where I am confident I will be battling for the podium again.”

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Krisztian Orosz

October 15, 2012 4:38 PM

I don't agree with you...It is the best season of Dovi,I belive he shows his class almost all of the races(naturally he also had bad races too) and he wins most of his fights vs another riders...I couldn't imagine that a squad like tech3 doesn't have the best brake kit,it has defined all of their weekend... And when Dovi has raced for hrc in 2009,they had an incalculable and unimproved bike with showa suspension,which has been developed by Pedrosa,Dovi has developed the bike in 2010 with better results and they have gone up...hrc used the super,new gearbox and they won the he only has the best bike in 2011 when his contract expired and I guess hrc didn't support Dovi like Stoner in the last season...

professor-x - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 8:07 AM

Dovi is a great rider, but he does not fit in very well in to the 'scene' hes not Spanish, and hes not Rossi. A lot of riders get passed over, and very few get the same kind of attention like a Jorge Lorenzo, or Marc Marquez. Dovi has a great attitude, but he does not have a factory backing him, if Ducati get it right next year, you might see Dovi hitting back even harder, but Ducati are young in many aspects related to QUALITY engineering, and Bridgestone turned out a very unfriendly set of tires for that bike. As long as Dovi stays cool, doesnt get his head full of junk like some of the top riders he will keep flying straight.

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