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Dovizioso had higher expectations in Japan

15 October 2012

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.”