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Dovizioso dissappointed with neck problem

That time is half a second quicker than Hayden managed when qualifying third at Jerez for round two of the 2012 season, but damp conditions during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend meant that the old 800cc qualifying and race lap records remained unbroken.

"Unfortunately, Andrea's fluke problem with his neck was a setback, but Nicky turned some good lap times despite the tyres being at their limit in the cool conditions," said team manager Vittoriano Guareschi.

Behind Hayden at the test was Iannone with a 1m 40.989s, followed by Pirro, riding in place of the injured Ben Spies, with a lap of 1m 41.265s.

With the winter test ban starting on December 1, Dovizioso - already scheduled to have a plate removed from his shoulder next week, inserted last January to heal a collarbone fracture - will now have to wait until Sepang in early February, for what will hopefully be his first full test on a Desmosedici.

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Fan - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 5:23 PM

The problem is called the CDS (Chronic Ducati Syndrome). Although it's being vigorously researched by the German medical community, there's currently no known cure for the disease.

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