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Argentina MotoGP: Dovizioso 'unlucky' after tyre, engine trouble

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso expected better than a ninth place finish in Argentina after struggling with front tyre issues and an engine problem
Andrea Dovizioso was left to rue front tyre issues as the Ducati rider scraped a top ten finish in the Argentina MotoGP.

Dovizioso had been running as high as second on the first lap but quickly began to fall away, an engine problem with the Desmosedici GP14 adding to his troubles at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

“It was a very tough race, to be honest I didn't think it would go like that. I was a bit unlucky because I also had a problem with the engine, when oil came out and led to a loss of some power,” said Dovizioso.

“I also think I made the wrong choice of front tyre because I was unable to brake and put pressure on the front wheel, neither under braking nor in the curve, and turn-in was slow as well.

“The race sort of went a bit wrong for me today, and it just confirms that we still have to improve a lot to be able to stay with the others.”

The Italian star's team-mate, Michele Pirro – standing in for the injured Cal Crutchlow – could only manage 17th after failing to get to grips with the absent British rider's GP14.

“It was a disappointing result, after I had finally managed to find a good feeling with the bike during the warm-up,” said Ducati test rider Pirro.

“In the race unfortunately I made several mistakes and lost contact with the group that went from tenth to 15th place. Now I hope to make a big step forward at Jerez next week.”

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April 28, 2014 1:37 PM

Now here's a man who's proved his worth. Did well on the Honda, did well on the Yamaha and is doing well on the Ducati. Possibly the most under-rated rider on the grid but always the first to get dumped. A credit to the sport.


April 28, 2014 3:01 PM

mrfill.....I rarely touch the agree/disagree buttons because if more than one point is made in a post nobody knows what is being commented on. I had to give you an agree though, on everything you say. His detractors (why??) say that he didn't shine when he was on a Factory Honda. He was on the 3rd string Honda but never finished the year lower than 2nd, always to Dani the #1 rider. In fact he finished above Dani as top Honda rider in his final year. So..... Final year on Honda....Top. Final year on Tech3....Top. (and 2nd Yamaha) So far on Ducati.....Top. What more can he do ?

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