Andrea Dovizioso says he can be satisfied enough with his sixth place finish in the Valencia Grand Prix after making a fine recovery from an erroneous strategy and a pit lane stall.
Competing in his final race for Tech 3 Yamaha before his move to Ducati, Dovizioso was one of a handful of riders to start the race on wet tyres, but though he quickly established himself as a front runner in the opening laps, the drying surface would force him to pit.
Swapping bikes, Dovizioso would promptly stall his slick-shod machine, losing him more time and dropping him towards the back of the field. Nonetheless, the Italian would work his way through the order, even un-lapping himself against Dani Pedrosa to give him a final lap shot at overtaking Karel Abraham for sixth position, which he succeeded in doing.
Concluding his one and only season with the satellite Yamaha team by securing fourth in the overall standings, 40 points ahead of fifth place Alvaro Bautista, Dovizioso thanked Tech 3 for giving him a strong package in 2012.
"It is a pity that I could only finish my last race with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in sixth position. I'm sorry because I selected the worst strategy possible with the tyre choice and I'm disappointed. Normally I am always very strong at interpreting the conditions in the right way but this time I chose to start on the wet tyres and it was clearly the wrong decision.
“The other decision that compromised my race was I stayed out too long before coming in and changing to slicks. I didn't have a reference because I was in the lead but when I saw Jorge I understood it was already too late. But I still came in to change to slicks. I then stalled the bike, so I lost more time.
“I didn't give up and found a good rhythm so I get back into the top six which is at least decent finish. It has been a fantastic season with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and I have enjoyed the experience a lot. The Team is incredibly professional and it has been an honour for me to ride with them and achieve a lot of success together."