30 September 2013
Aragon MotoGP: Miserable race for Ducati
“We knew that it would be difficult for our riders to do better than eighth place today. Unfortunately, this seems to be our potential at the moment” - Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati.
Factory Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden finished eighth and ninth respectively in Sundays Aragon MotoGP.
Dovizioso was disappointed to lose touch with Tech 3 Yamaha rookie Bradley Smith as he crossed the line 40.9s from the Honda of race winner Marc Marquez.
For comparison, Casey Stoner completed the same 23 lap race distance 27.6s faster than Dovizioso on his way to victory for Ducati in the inaugural 2010 Aragon event. Marquez's winning time was 18.2s quicker than the best Honda in 2010, with this year's leading Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo 21.3s faster than his own 2010 time.
“I knew that the best I could hope for was to stay with Smith, but unfortunately, I couldn't do it,” said Dovizioso. “The first three-quarters of the race were good, as I gritted my teeth and tried to stick with him, but with nine laps left, the rear tyre began to lose grip and I couldn't stay with him to the end. I'm disappointed, but like I said Friday, this track doesn't suit us very well. The fact that we have trouble in fast corners is a big disadvantage here, and when the tyres are worn, this problem becomes worse.”
Team-mate Hayden ceded a position when he went off track four laps from the end. The American was able to take ninth place back, from top CRT rider Aleix Espargaro, and crossed the line 12-seconds from Dovizioso.
“It's been a tough weekend,” said Hayden. “We've tried so many things to find grip and get the bike to stop, but we didn't make much progress. On the start, I got a good jump off the line but bogged and lost some positions. I made up a couple and then ran wide in the last corner two different times.
“Toward the end I went straight at turn twelve, where I'd been having trouble stopping all weekend, and went into the gravel trap. I lost twelve seconds and one spot, which I had to fight to get back. It was a very tough race, and the feeling with my Desmosedici GP13 wasn't great for the whole weekend, but I also made too many mistakes. I'm not very happy at all, so I look forward to getting to Malaysia to put this behind us.”
“After the practice sessions, we knew that it would be difficult for our riders to do better than eighth place today. Unfortunately, this seems to be our potential at the moment,” said Ducati MotoGP project director Paolo Ciabatti. “Obviously, we're not satisfied, and there's not much else to say.”
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