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Dovizioso shows class to secure fourth

'I'm sure the fans appreciated it because we were pushing and changing places for the whole race' - Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso made a double pass on a thrilling final lap to secure a hard-fought fourth place in the Australian MotoGP.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was lying in sixth place with one lap remaining behind Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl but used his superior race craft and experience to outwit both in a dramatic finale.

“I knew that it was going to be a tough race because I didn't had the same pace as Cal [Crutchlow],” he said.

“All I could do was to try during the first laps to get in front of him or to put him under pressure but it was not possible.

“He was riding very well so I decided the best strategy was not to take too many risks.

“The battle with Bradl and Bautista was really exciting and I had a lot of fun,” Dovizioso added.

“I'm sure the fans appreciated it as well because we were pushing and changing places for the whole race.”

The Italian star was satisfied with his weekend's work in Australia and remains highly motivated to return to the podium at Valencia at the final round of the championship next month prior to his move to Ducati.

“I am satisfied to finish in front of the group and it was a strong battle right to the chequered flag,” he said.

“My next race in Valencia is the last for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team, so I go there with high motivation and determination to get a strong result to end our successful relationship in a positive way.”



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dave from the don - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 11:45 AM

I thought Dovi was excellent, obviously not on par for pace with his team mate but did well to fight his way back past the Hondas and provide some entertainment to what was an terminally boring race for the most part. I noticed that the TV producer did a good job of balancing the action in the fight for 4th, with what was happening at the front

Don-R

October 28, 2012 12:13 PM

Dovi's race craft is tremendous, I really didn't think he had the pace to get that 4th. Cool shot showing the 2 Tech 3 guys post-race. I wonder if Cal realised then that Dovi had helped him claw a few more points back on Bautista?



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