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Mugello MotoGP: Dovizioso: Fifth best we could hope for
3 June 2013
Andrea Dovizioso says he is satisfied to pick up another top five finish for Ducati at Mugello, despite losing out to Stefan Bradl in an exciting battle for fourth.
The Italian was starting from the front row for the second race in succession, but quickly settled into the chasing pack as he tussled with Bradl and Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden.
Benefiting from Marc Marquez's late retirement, Dovizioso launched into a last lap battle with Bradl for fourth place, but despite exchanging positions on four occasions, the Italian would have to settle for fifth place at the chequered flag.
“In terms of gap to the front and finish position, this is the best result that we could realistically expect. It was a really tough race, like always at Mugello. I gritted my teeth to try and stay with Bradl until the end, and I had a nice battle with Nicky.
“Unfortunately, I lost the fight with Bradl on the last lap, but it was fun—we passed each other four times! In the practice sessions, we're able to do good times, but I think that fifth place at Mugello is the best we can do with our current package, so we still have a lot of work to do.”
Hayden, meanwhile, was also in the fight for what would become fourth place, though he would eventually fade to a fairly lonely sixth.
“I had struggled with grip this weekend, but the team did a really good job of making the bike better in the race, and with some other people's misfortune, I was able to fight for the top five. In the end, to end up sixth isn't fantastic, but I had a good battle with Bradl and Dovi. They're both good guys to race with, so it was fun, but then in the last two laps I developed a lot of chatter and had to back off.”
Dovizioso's top five finish means he has risen to fifth place in the overall standings, ahead of Valentino Rossi.