By Stephen English

Andrea Dovizioso finished as the top Ducati in his and the factory's home round at Misano, but that was of little consolation given the eighth place finish.

Reaching the finish over 40s behind the winner showed once again how much Ducati are struggling, with Dovizioso leading home team-mate Nicky Hayden and Pramac's Michele Pirro by five-seconds in a Ducati train.

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Having been confident of a top six finish yesterday, Dovizioso was left to rue a slow start while difficult conditions during the race - lower temperatures and a gusting wind - also made things difficult.

"I made a really bad start and lost some positions and then a lot of seconds in the first laps," said the Italian. "Like I said yesterday to start on the third row at Misano is quite difficult because the first few corners anything can happen. If the riders in front of you brake early then you have to brake early and it means that the riders behind can overtake you.

"When I caught Nicky I thought I might be able to make [lap times of] 35.0s but I wasn't as fast as yesterday. The feeling on the front was a little bit worse and the wind disturbed me a little bit and I couldn't make a good rhythm, but I'm not happy with the gap in front.

"I thought today there was a possibility to make a faster race with a better start and I could have followed Bautista and Bradl."

An official post-race test will be held back at Misano on Monday. "Tomorrow we'll have a few more things to test, which should give us some more data for the development of next year's bike," said Bernhard Gobmeier, Ducati Corse General Manager.