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MotoGP Austin: Dovizioso: I didn't want to give Rossi final-lap chance

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso capitalises on Valentino Rossi's tyre problems in closing stages of Austin MotoGP to open a gap and secure another runner-up finish
Andrea Dovizioso was determined not to allow Valentino Rossi the chance of a final-lap attack as the Ducati rider celebrated another runner-up finish in the Austin MotoGP.

Dovizioso took advantage of Rossi's front tyre problems to push on in the closing stages of the race after passing the Movistar Yamaha rider and dug deep to open a gap to prevent the Qatar race winner from having the opportunity to strike on the last lap at the Circuit of the Americas.

“I'm very happy because it was very difficult to manage the tyres, especially the front, like always here,” he said.

“I had a nice battle with Valentino but I saw him seven laps from the end and he was struggling a little bit more with the right side [of the tyre] so it was the time to push a little bit more and not give him the possibility to fight me in the last lap.

“It's another really special result and it confirms more about how good the bike is; I'm really happy to be in this situation and I believe we need to improve small things on the brakes and on the traction to be in front at every track, but the speed is there so it's nice to be in this situation.”

Dovizioso appeared to run out of fuel after the finish of the race but the Italian rider shrugged off the close shave and said it was nothing to be worried about.

“I can say that everything was under control [after running out of fuel following the race finish]; yes, we were on the limit but it is quite normal and we are not scared because in the last race we did not work like Honda and Yamaha to finish the race with 10 to 20 litres, so we didn't save the fuel like them and we are not scared for the future,” said Dovizioso.



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VegasRyder

April 13, 2015 2:36 AM

They absolutely used 22 liters. No doubt. And on a thirsty circuit like this it matters . Enjoy beating Vale today. It won't happen too often this year. This is one of rossi's worst circuits and he was right on the back most of the race. Wait till assen, Mugello, Misano, Catalunya, Jerez, .. He won't be so easy to beat.

Yearby23

April 13, 2015 8:36 AM

VegasRyder: They absolutely used 22 liters. No doubt. And on a thirsty circuit like this it matters . Enjoy beating Vale today. It won't happen too often this year. This is one of rossi's worst circuits and he was right on the back most of the race. Wait till assen, Mugello, Misano, Catalunya, Jerez, .. He won't be so easy to beat.
Very true, when we come to Europe I'm sure Yamaha will be right up there. Especially at Jerez and LeMans... Tracks without a huge straight will negate the Ducati advantage. Not saying it's all down to the straight line speed because it isn't. But Rossi made all the progress through the corners and it was negated on the straight. Same for Lorenzo trying to catch them, faster than the Ducatis through the corners as proved by that awesome shot with him on Iannone, but blasted down the straight.



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