DOVI’S DOU

TEXAN TAN­GLE Du­cati star taken out for sec­ond race in a row as another podium is ripped from his grasp

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Light­ning doesn’t strike twice – un­less you’re An­drea Dovizioso! The luck­less Ital­ian was taken out through no fault of his own for the sec­ond week in suc­ces­sion.

This time it was Dani Pe­drosa who smashed into Dovi’s fac­tory Du­cati as he held a solid third place af­ter six laps with sec­ond-placed Lorenzo within reach. Last time out it was his team­mate An­drea Ian­none who took him out on the last lap in Ar­gentina while they bat­tled for sec­ond spot.

Dovizioso was fum­ing with Ian­none af­ter the un­forced er­ror last week, but he had a lot more sym­pa­thy for Pe­drosa af­ter the Texan take­down. Honda’s num­ber two rider rushed to the side of an in­con­solable Dovizioso track­side be­fore vis­it­ing him in his garage af­ter re­tir­ing from the race to again apol­o­gise for the er­ror.

And, with those ac­tions, Dovizioso says that it’s hard to hold a grudge. Although he clearly holds a Des­mo­sized grudge where team-mate Ian­none is con­cerned.

“It’s al­ways bad to lose points if some­one else makes a mis­take – but there is a way to man­age it. If their ca­reer is long and they don’t do some­thing like that of­ten, you know it isn’t their in­ten­tion; it wasn’t Dani’s in­ten­tion to try to hit me.

“I’ve known Dani for years and he isn’t a rider who nor­mally takes risks. It can hap­pen to any­one on the limit, and Dani isn’t a kamikaze racer who tries to over­take you on the brakes ev­ery time. It’s dif­fer­ent com­pared to Ar­gentina.”

Dovi also fired another shot across the bows of his team-mate by high­light­ing the ef­fect his reck­less rid­ing in Ar­gentina could have on his fu­ture at Du­cati, as both com­pete to re­tain a seat along­side new sign­ing Jorge Lorenzo for next sea­son.

He added: “I don’t think Du­cati will de­cide the fu­ture of the rid­ers on their points alone. They can be in­tel­li­gent and an­a­lyse all the rid­ers and see what they need. It isn’t just about speed. But even then, in the first few races I was fast and I should have been on the podium, so I’m re­laxed!”

Some­how Dovi is stay­ing pos­i­tive and he knows that with­out the two clashes he would have had three podium fin­ishes un­der his belt and be close to cham­pi­onship leader Marc Mar­quez. “There are a lot of pos­i­tives. In three very dif­fer­ent and very dif­fi­cult races, we were al­ways able to fight for the podium, and although we’re not the fastest we’re there in the race. My feel­ing on the bike still isn’t 100% to fight for wins, but I’m so happy to have the po­ten­tial to fight. In the first two races of the year, I rode the per­fect strat­egy – what hap­pened wasn’t my fault.”

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