Given his two Ducati podiums this season, fifth for Andrea Dovizioso at the British MotoGP may not seem like much to shout about.

But the Italian was delighted to have fought from start to finish with both Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) as he also broke the ten-second barrier to race winner Marc Marquez.

"We are so happy about the race, fighting with Valentino and Pedrosa and especially to finish under ten seconds [from the winner]," said Dovizioso, who was 9.238s from Marquez and less than one second from third place Rossi. "It was our target. I didn't expect to be under the ten seconds, but we got the result and it is really positive, really important for us.

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"I pushed really hard, 100 percent all the race. In a few places I was faster than Valentino and Dani so I was able to stay with them. But in a few corners I lost a lot to them, so I wasn't able to fight in the last few laps to get the podium.

"It would have been a perfect day if we had won the battle but that was too much. In any case we have to be really happy about our speed and the gap to Marquez. We've improved a little bit with the braking stability, acceleration and electronics."

Nevertheless, Dovizioso is keeping his feet on the ground in terms of a victory challenge in the remaining six rounds.

"The level of the riders is really high as well as the bikes," Dovizioso explained. "To stay with them you need every area more or less perfect and we are not good enough in every area to fight up front.

"We have a lot of work still to do and the last step is always the hardest."

Dovizioso - who finished 20 seconds from victory during hsi only dry podium of the year at Austin - has now strengthened his hold on fifth in the world championship over Aleix Espargaro.

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Dovi rode sorta equal with Crutchlow at Tech 3 he seems to be really coming to grips with the Duc Bravo !!

mrfill: @TrueFan
Ducati - their biggest problem at the moment is having a rider who doesn't seem interested in trying.[\blockquote]

Hardly. Their biggest problem remains understeer.

We all know Cal isn't doing much, but Dovi & Iannone are doing well, getting better race by race, and closing the gap to the front.
Yonny Hernandez is doing remarkably well in my view. On the 2013 satellite bike he is consistently challenging the top 10 and regularly beating CC. I really hope Pramac extend his contract for next year and give him a new bike, not a year old cast-off.
Overall Ducati seem to be on the up - here's hoping that the 2015 bike will be the step up they need to be genuinely competitive again.

Evolution: yes
Look ducati has some problems but there problem is not as worst to take extraa benefits.
these benfits should be given to the bikes who don't have top speed at
all like the bikes of scott, hayden etc. Ducati is more powerful than
yamaha in acceleration and in corners also they are not as good to
yamaha or honda but they are far better than open bikes. Extra fuel and
extraa softer compound tyre really makes the difference. [\blockquote]

Actually they don't need the extra fuel and the softer tyres are often a disadvantage in the race. Yes softs are good for qualifying but the Ducati fades when the tyres wear so under race conditions they would benefit from having the harder options available to the factory Honda & Yamaha.