MotoGP »

Czech MotoGP: Dovizioso upbeat, Hayen deflated at Brno

'I'm happy because we were able to improve over yesterday, when it was warmer and it was hard for all the Ducati riders' - Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden held station from yesterday's free practice sessions as the pair qualified in ninth and tenth positions respectively for tomorrow's Czech MotoGP race at Brno.

Dovizioso was the happier of the pair with his Desmosedici GP13 after making gains from Friday and the Italian is confident of running a 'decent' pace if weather conditions are favourable tomorrow.

“We knew it would be tough, but it went better than we could've expected before today's sessions,” he said.

“I thought it would be difficult to get under 1m 57s, but I was able to do it. There was a bit of traffic on the track, so I was waiting to get a free lap, and I managed to do a good time on the last lap.

“I'm happy because we were able to improve over yesterday, when it was warmer and it was hard for all the Ducati riders,” added Dovizioso, whose fastest time of 1m 56.825s was 1.298s down on Cal Crutchlow's pole time on the Tech 3 Yamaha.

“Things went better today, both in the morning and in the afternoon.

“The weather conditions for tomorrow are somewhat uncertain, but with this temperature we can have a decent pace.”

American star Hayden, meanwhile – who emerged on top of a final corner clash with Dovizioso last time out as the pair sprinted to the line in a dramatic finish at Indianapolis – was less upbeat.

Hayden, who was 0.154s behind Dovi, said: “If I'm honest, today hasn't been as good as we'd wished.

“We worked extremely hard and tried a lot of stuff to get a better feeling and improve the bike over the bumps and in the turns, but we haven't been able to make any big steps.

“Maybe I confused myself a little bit too. It's certainly frustrating for the gap to be so big, not just to the front, but also to the group ahead of me,” added Hayden.

“In the morning warm-up, we'll see what kind of a setup we can find for the race.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Hayden and Dovizioso, Czech MotoGP 2013
Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Barbera, Dovizioso Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso and Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Dovizioso`s Ducati, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014,
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.