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British MotoGP: Dovizioso goes down fighting in ‘strange’ fall

"We are always on the limit so one 1km/h more or a slightly different line and it is easy to lose the front" - Andrea Dovizioso.
Just when Andrea Dovizioso's strategy looked to be paying off, the Italian fell from the front of a three-rider battle for eighth place in Sunday's British MotoGP.

Not for the first time this year Dovizioso, Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden and Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith spent much of the race locked together.

Dovizioso had dropped to the back of the group during the first half of the 20-lap grand prix, before passing Hayden on lap 14 and Smith on lap 17.

Unable to escape, Dovizioso was bracing himself for a late assault, believing it was better to defend than attack, but was caught out just two laps from the finish.

“I'm really disappointed about my crash. In my career I don't crash many times so it's a bad feeling, also because I had a good strategy,” he said.

“Nicky and I had tried hard to stay with Smith for the whole race. I didn't have enough speed to make a gap, but all three of us had a big drop in the rear tyre. When you fight without much grip it is difficult, so I wanted to get in front.

“The crash was a mistake, but I really didn't do anything strange. We are always on the limit so one 1km/h more or a slightly different line and it is easy to lose the front, especially because it went very quick and in a place [Turn 12] I didn't expect. At that point you are on the throttle so there is not much weight on the front.”

Having spent substantial time fighting with rookie Smith, who took over Dovizioso's former Yamaha ride, the Italian was able to make a comparison between the Desmosedici GP12 and YZR-M1.

“Smith was so fast on corner entry and turning, as he released the brake into the corner he could make a much higher speed than us. But me and Nicky could brake really hard [in a straight line] and recover.

Dovizioso also felt the latest engine spec offered some improvements: “Here you can see the movement on exit and pumping for every bike. Now we are able to spin and turn the bike a little bit, before we pick up the bike.”

Hayden went on to claim eighth ahead of Smith and is now within eight points of Dovizioso, for eighth, in the championship standings.


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jambop

September 02, 2013 4:35 PM

Two things 1. It was bound to happen sooner or later, nobody rides the Ducati and does not crash. 2. Who has a strategy to come home eighth !!?? I only hope Ducati can get another bike sorted out for next season otherwise he, Dovi, is going to be e very unhappy bunny. This is only one quarter of what he signed up for :) An observation - I think Nicky is doing better against Dovi than he did against Rossi on the Ducati... is that a fair comparison ?

Lana

September 02, 2013 5:39 PM

Poor old Dovi...I really feel for him..This duc is getting worst and worst....and what the heck is Audi doing?!! Nothing... Even stoner wont be competitive on this duc simply becoz others hav also improved..You cant compare stoners 07 bike with this current one...If u notice, Stoner's results were decreasing each year since 07..rapidly too.. With this bike the max is 5th or 6th place....and to his credit Rossi did that consistently with the occasional podium... But this year its 7.8,9,10 consistently...Dovi may have a new found respect for Rossi a bit more than before..."Boy..u were pretty good with this s@#t"..



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