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Assen MotoGP: Dovizioso: Marquez was much faster

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso said he had no answer to Assen MotoGP race winner Marc Marquez once the Repsol Honda rider made his move
Andrea Dovizioso was rewarded with a superb rostrum finish for Ducati at the Dutch MotoGP following a difficult race in mixed conditions at Assen.

Dovizioso, who held a lead of around four seconds after capitalising on a mistake by eventual winner Marc Marquez after the pair had pitted to switch to slick tyres on lap six, refused to go down without a fight but eventually had to give second best to Marquez as he settled for a brilliant runner-up finish on the Desmosedici.

The Italian rider had qualified in seventh place to head up row three but Dovizioso made a flying start and swapped places with Marquez on the opening lap before settling in behind the Repsol Honda rider in the damp conditions in the early laps as they pulled away from the chasing pack.

Dovizioso, though conceded that he didn't have the pace to match Marquez when the reigning MotoGP world champion recovered from his error to claw back the deficit, taking the lead on lap 16.

“The tyre didn't drop too much. Marquez was much faster and I didn't have the chance to try and follow,” said Dovizioso.

“I tried for two laps but the second position is much more than we expected. It was really wet so it was more about trying to stay on the track and it was quite difficult to understand what was dry and what was wet because the colour was quite the same.

“I think 26 laps was too long for us,” he added. “The track became dry very quickly and my pace was good; I was able to go in front of Marc but when it started to rain a little bit I didn't push for two laps – it wasn't heavy but I decided to hold back a bit.

“It is obviously important [podium finish] but still we are not as fast as we would like.”

Tagged as: Andrea Dovizioso , Marquez

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June 28, 2014 4:40 PM

Great ride. Second to Marquez? Well, sadly, that's a great result - he's on another level at the moment. Dovi rode a really good race - while he felt like he could battle, he gave it everything without going over the limit. Once it was clear that Marquez had more pace, he wisely delivered a podium result for himself and his team. In terms of the Ducati's development, this is a meaningless result. In terms of team morale, it should serve to help to motivate them - I hope so.


June 28, 2014 5:09 PM

Don't get surprised if Dovi gets as much as Rossi got next year... He never put a foot wrong this season,, his performance is the real measure of Ducati's potential... Dovi should not move away from Ducati if other offers arrive,, all those developments happening in Ducati is all around him,,

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