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No grip at Dovizioso: important points instead of undue risk

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 | Sports

September 10, 2017 – 7:22 pm
Ducati driver Andrea Dovizioso is in third place in Misano on the road to the finish line, and is risking confidence for the next races

Andrea Dovizioso did not want to risk a Nuller in Misano and drove to third place

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(cafetheology.org) – Andrea Dovizioso missed the third consecutive victory at the Grand Prix of San Marino. Nevertheless, the Ducati pilot made it to the home race in Misano but once again on the podium. He finished third behind race winner Marc Marquez (Honda) and second placed Danilo Petrucci (Pramac-Ducati) and collected 16 important points for the World Championship. There was no more for the Italian this time. This was mainly due to the traffic conditions. The first thing Dovizioso did to make a surprising decision. Because, unlike on Friday and Saturday, the 31-year-old drove in the race with the Aero panel at his Desmosedici, with whom also Petrucci and team colleague Jorge Lorenzo were on the road. "In the rain, it was definitely the better choice," says Dovizioso. "Still, he had problems:" I already knew in the first few laps that it was a good start I would be a very difficult race, because I lacked the grip and I did not understand why, "explains the Italian. After the start, he placed first in third place behind Lorenzo at the top as well as Marquez. In the fourth round, Petrucci passed him. Just a few minutes later, Lorenzo took the lead and fell out of the lead.Dovizioso: "We can fight for the title" "After that Danilo and Marc drove an almost identical pace and I tried to understand if I would have a chance to finish "Dovizioso continued," but I was nowhere better than them to fight with them. " In the race of the other categories, the Ducati driver decided to secure his third place, instead of taking too much risk. In the first place, he was thinking about the world championship: "I quickly realized that today would be more important to take points than to go home with zero, you had to take a lot of risk and I had the feeling that it would not be for you. " Although he lost some points on race winner Marquez, both now have 199 counters. "But I am satisfied with the conditions of today and yesterday's speed." In the dry, Dovizioso was fast on the whole weekend, which makes him optimistic about the other races. "I think we can fight for the title," he says, but at the same time he knows: "Marc is certainly very strong, and he is always fast in Aragon." The World Championship class Dovizioso is now a three-in-a-row battle between Marquez and Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), who finished fourth in Misano and finished third in the World Championship. The injured Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) Rank 14, meanwhile have a little more deceleration. But a lot can happen in five more races. On a teamorder at Ducati in Misano nevertheless. Although Petrucci admitted that he had thought of this, he did not give up his second place for comprehensible reasons. However, he does not rule out a guaranty for upcoming races.



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