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MotoGP Japan: Dovizioso 'Today was a great day'

“Today was a great day but tomorrow I'll have to try and shave off some more tenths from my lap time” - Andrea Dovizioso.
Andrea Dovizioso put Ducati ahead of home manufacturers Honda and Yamaha during Friday practice for the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi.

Dovizioso may have used the special extra-soft rear tyre, not available to Ducati's factory rivals, to clinch the top spot.

However he was quick to point out that he had earlier led the session while using his harder rear tyre and was holding second place to Jorge Lorenzo prior to the late rubber changes.

“I am very happy because, apart from my fastest lap which I set with a soft tyre, I also had a good pace with the medium option,” said Dovizioso, who began the day with a competitive third in FP1. “Before the extra soft tyre we were second fastest - when everybody had the same tyres until the last five minutes - and I was able to make a similar lap time to the best pace.

“We immediately got off to a good start this morning with the set-up, both regarding the chassis and the electronics, and this enabled me to push hard right from the early laps. Today was a great day but tomorrow I'll have to try and shave off some more tenths from my lap time.”

Dovizioso has taken two podiums and four front row starts so far this season. The Italian was again riding the newly introduced GP14.2 evolution bike, while departing team-mate Cal Crutchlow remains on the original GP14.

Crutchlow, who was 13th and tenth in the two sessions, said: “I'm not pleased with the result today but I am pleased with the speed. I thought we could have maybe been in the front five in that session but I got held up in my fast lap. I could have been a lot closer than what I was so I'm happy with this and it means we can work well for tomorrow.

“I had some problems in the session and didn't get out in the first ten minutes due to a problem with the brake. Now I'm looking to rest because I've not been feeling well at all today due to a bit of flu, so maybe tomorrow I can have a better performance.”

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October 10, 2014 6:45 PM
Last Edited 722 days ago

Vilas46: Ducati... What Dorna Did to save Kawasaki and Suzuki? Did they speack about any Rule that would give them a boost only to stay in Motogp? I dont think so....
Dorna did quite a lot to try & keep Suzuki & Kawasaki - engine concessions, testing concessions & additional funding. Despite that both opted to leave, simply because of their lack of success more than anything else. As for Ducati 'advantages', the open class rules were proposed by Dorna & then ammended / agreed by the manufacturers' association. The same rules were available for all & Ducati decided to go that route, just as any other manufacturer could have done. But when Honda saw that Ducati might pose a threat under those regulations they lobbied Dorna for changes & we had that ridiculous last-minute Factory2 class introduced to placate Honda.


October 10, 2014 3:13 PM
Last Edited 730 days ago

TalentFan: @ CliffEdge Given their expenditure and resources, actually your stats suggest to me that really Honda have under-delivered since '75. They really should have much better stats and a better return in terms of Titles than they have.
I don't disagree with you TalentFan. Honda has always taken the approach of throwing massive resources at it to win and you wonder what they would have achieved if they had only spent at the average rate of other teams.Much less I suspect. In terms of trying to fix it, I do think Dorna are trying to improve the situation with the introduction of control ECU's and various other restrictions but it is a delicate balancing act. If Honda was to pull out, that's 8 bikes gone from MotoGP, all motors from Moto2, and the only real competitor to KTM in Moto3 (I discount Mahindra). Some folk naively seem to think that Honda pulling out would be a good thing - in reality it would devastate GP racing in its current form. CONT

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