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MotoGP Indianapolis: Dovizioso credits Marquez’s crazy lines

"Sure, the crazy lines of Marc helped me to make that lap time!" _ Andrea Dovizioso.
Andrea Dovizioso credited world champion Marc Marquez's 'crazy' lines as he was towed to second on the grid in qualifying for the Indianapolis MotoGP.

Dovizioso also has a more powerful Ducati engine this weekend and put it to good use by setting the highest top speed of the session as he broke the timing beam 0.225s behind Marquez's Honda.

The result marked Dovizioso's best ever qualifying performance at Ducati, behind only his single pole at Repsol Honda in 2010.

“To make that lap time under 1m 32 was really nice and sure to follow Marc - the crazy lines of Marc helped me to make that lap time!” said Dovizioso.

“But every session we were really strong, almost always in the top five and I feel better than at the other tracks. We are faster, but especially with the new tyres. We have to see in the race if we are able to keep a good speed for the 27 laps.

“For us the tyre choice is easy because our hard tyre [the medium compound] is maybe too soft, so we have to use the harder tyre. Also the potential of the soft and [medium] tyres is very close at this track, so there is no positive point to use the soft.”

The Italian, who took his first Ducati podium at the earlier US round in Austin, added: “This is not one of my favourite tracks but now with the changes it is really nice and more natural.”

Team-mate Cal Crutchlow will start from twelfth place.

“We've obviously been having a difficult weekend again, but at least I made it into Q2. I think we made quite a big improvement today and as a result I'm more optimistic after today's performance than what I was yesterday.”

Tagged as: Ducati , Andrea Dovizioso

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August 10, 2014 12:07 AM
Last Edited 85 days ago

@ mrfill: Sorry but Motogp bikes aren't Formula 1 cars. They don't rely on downforce and aerodynamics for their cornering speeds, so there isn't the dirty air coming off the rider in front to seriously upset the rider following behind. There are no real disadvantages for the following rider but huge advantages for them to be gained. Following fast riders shows the slower rider what lines to take to get a significantly faster laptime( hence why Dovi himself even states that Marc's crazy lines help him achieve the laptime) that the slower rider just wouldn't be able to achieve on their own. If it wasn't such a big advantage no rider would never get into the tow and follow faster riders around the whole lap in the first place, and you wouldn't see front runners purposely slow down to prevent their championship rivals following them on a fast lap. It was Ducati's use of the soft rear tyre that can offer up to 0.5 secs a lap over the medium that enabled Dovi to keep pace with Marc.


August 09, 2014 10:53 PM

Judging just on the results, perhaps Marc's lines were not so crazy, merely correct! Regardless of soft tyres etc etc, he did a really good job today and with his 2015 team mate close behind, Ducati must be pretty pleased with themselves today.

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