Dovizioso frustrated with runner-up spot
Andrea Dovizioso may have been part of a historic Ducati one-two on Sunday, but he left Austria disappointed and frustrated.
Looking able to match teammate Iannone’s pace for much of the weekend – and confident after both qualifying and a long run in Saturday’s free practice three, the Italian believed he had made the right choice with the harder tyres – something he quickly regretted.
“I was disappointed at the end, because the feeling with the bike this weekend was special. In the braking areas I was faster than Iannone and it was important to keep something for the end of the race. We both ran a good strategy, neither of us wanted to take risks with fuel or tyre consumption, and we both took it easy at the start.
“I’m very disappointed, but it was my decision. It was a big risk for him! I couldn’t get close to him – but we have to think also of the positive things, and we did come first and second. I’ve struggled at Ducati for four years and now we’ve come back very strong and I’m so proud to be a part of it. We can’t fight for every race now, but we’re close.
“I think that we’re improved the bike in the last few races. We’re going to be much closer, and I think we can show that we’re able to fight for the victory at most tracks.
“We didn’t come here with something big – it was more about small improvements everywhere. Still, every rider is working to understand the tyres, and it’s not easy when they’re changing every race and sometimes they feel good and sometimes they don’t work.”