27 September 2014
MotoGP Aragon: Podium 'almost impossible' for Dovizioso
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso feels it is unrealistic to expect to challenge for the podium at the Aragon MotoGP after the Italian star qualified on row three following a spill in Q2
Andrea Dovizioso saw his hopes of a front row start at the Aragon MotoGP thwarted after a crash in Q2 tainted an overall excellent performance by the Italian during practice.
Dovizioso, using the Ducati GP14.2 machine, had topped the times in FP2 and was second fastest in FP4, boosting his prospects of claiming a front row start.
However, he came off at the beginning of his second run in Q2 after being fastest in the first sector and it was left to Andrea Iannone to put the GP14.2 on the front row for Ducati in an excellent third place.
“I made the crash at the wrong moment and we have to start on the third row, which is not the best, especially for the start,” said Dovizioso.
“The crash for me was not clear. I pushed, I made a mistake, but it was too easy to go over the limit with the front and it will be important to try that set-up to understand more, because we have a new bike and we have to understand that point.
“We need to come back to the balance of the old bike to understand if this will give me a good feeling in the last part of braking because this weekend I didn't feel like that, but anyway we are faster without that good feeling so that is positive,” he added.
“We have to be happy with our pace through the weekend, especially in free practice four; our pace was good and we were thinking about the fight for the podium.”
Dovizioso feels a podium finish may be out of the question on Sunday given his position on row three, although he is satisfied with his overall race pace.
“I think to make the podium tomorrow is very, very difficult but if you check the pace from FP4 we have the pace to fight for the podium, but the race is always difficult,” he said.
“It will be really important to have a good feeling with the braking because I have to recover places. I have a good pace but I don't have the same feeling on the front.
“Today was really fast but it as too easy to go over the limit on the front. The problem will be the start and I think it is almost impossible [to make the podium].”
With rain being mooted as a possibility at the Spanish track tomorrow, Dovizioso was asked on for his thoughts on the prospect of a wet race.
“We made one practice in the wet two or three years ago and the grip level was not so good, so it's not best to go into race without any test,” he said.
“But in that position we are quite strong so I'm not worried about that but the negative is starting on the third row, if we have tricky conditions then everything will be difficult.”
On the other side of the garage, departing team-mate Cal Crutchlow does not have a GP14.2, but still matched his best qualifying of the season in fifth.
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