Andrea Dovizioso reiterated that Ducati is not yet 'ready' to win, after slipping from a debut pole to fifth place in Sunday's Japanese MotoGP.

Dovizioso finished the first lap behind only Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, remaining ahead of the Repsol Hondas until Marc Marquez made a pass on lap 9 of 24.

Dani Pedrosa then overtook Dovizioso on lap 14, pulling ten seconds clear of Dovizioso over the remaining laps.

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While Dovizioso had exploited the special Open class extra-soft rear tyre in qualifying, all the Factory riders used the soft rear/medium front combination in the race.

"I think we have to be upbeat about this weekend's result and look at things in a positive way," said Dovizioso. "We went really well in practice and qualifying, yesterday we got a fantastic pole position and we have always been up at the top of the timesheets.

"We are making our fans dream again and so it's obvious that we are creating expectations, but the fact is that we are still not ready to aim for the win.

"But it was great to do the early laps in the leading group. I really pushed hard but when the rear tyre started to drop off I was no longer able to keep with them. It's all good experience that will help us for next year and I'm very pleased with the work we have done so far."

Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall'Igna added: "This weekend was again positive for us: Andrea's pole position gave us a lot of satisfaction and it is another step in the right direction. At the start of the year I didn't think we could manage to take a pole this season, so I'm really happy about that.

"Together with all the guys in Ducati Corse we've done a great job up until now, but we know that we still have to improve to be able to stay with the leaders for the entire race. I'd just like to congratulate Marc Marquez for his second successive world title: it's an exceptional result!"

Dovizioso's team-mate Cal Crutchlow fell on lap two.

"I'm really disappointed for today's result, and I'm sorry for the team first and foremost. I made an error by slightly jumping the start, so then on the actual start I released the clutch too late and got a really bad start in the end," said the Englishman.

"I tried to make up some time because I didn't want the leaders to get away so much, and I pushed too hard and made a mistake on the wide line into turn 3 and crashed. I was actually quite pleased with my pace this weekend, we did a better job of it as a team, so I'm obviously very disappointed with the result.

"Hopefully we can make amends in Phillip Island."