Dovizioso frus­trated with run­ner-up spot

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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.”

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