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MotoGP Malaysia: Crutchlow: Dovizioso was cruising!

"Dovi rode fantastic to win. I knew he'd be the guy to beat, because he was cruising!" – Cal Crutchlow.
Malaysian MotoGP winner Andrea Dovizioso says his Sepang victory was harder than it looked, but Cal Crutchlow felt the Ducati rider's advantage was clear.

Crutchlow followed Dovizioso's factory Desmosedici for most of the opening half of the wet race, until he fell on lap 12 of 19. Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone also tumbled at around the same time, while Dovi went on to overtake race leader Valentino Rossi and win by 3.115s.

"Dovi rode fantastic to win, and be another different winner of a grand prix this year. I knew he'd be the guy to beat, because he was cruising!" said the LCR Honda rider.

"Honestly, I could see that he was taking no risks in the corners. No risks to turn the bike. Nothing. And his speed in the straight was just ridiculous! They seem to have a really good electronic system and a fast bike and it works in these conditions."

Crutchlow, winner at Brno and Phillip Island, was team-mate to Dovizioso in 2014. Prior to Sepang, the Italian hadn't won a MotoGP race since 2009.

Tagged as: Andrea Dovizioso

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October 31, 2016 3:58 PM

Dovi did look very relaxed. He seemed to just let a gap appear in front of him to Iannone and Rossi then close it when he wanted. When behind Rossi he was almost stalking him and when Rossi ran wide Dovi pulled the pin. Brilliant and sensible ride. Looking forward to seeing what he and Ducati can do next year.


October 31, 2016 10:10 AM

Damn Dorna give cal a mic to capture whatever he wishes to say during the course of a race,, be pretty sure that we won't be disappointed. His comments during the heat of the moment could be very sarcastic.

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