Dovizioso ‘We have to take the positives’
Ducati man Andrea Dovizioso was pleased to salvage fifth in the 2016 championship standings despite a tough race in Valencia.
Unable to carry his strong practice pace through to the race, the Italian was left to cross the line in seventh place while his team-mate celebrated on the podium.
“The race was not too good,” he explained. “It was very different from what I expected as my speed in practice was much better. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the same stability on the front as I did in practice. I don’t understand why, but we will try to work it out from the data. I don’t think I had a problem with the tyres, just the characteristic of them is like this, if you push a little bit more you can end up in trouble!
“At the beginning when the pace in the group of front of me was really on the limit I couldn’t keep up despite having run faster times in practice. It was a very slow race for us! The rear tyre dropped for everybody and when you don’t ride in the right way you suffer even more.”
While this result wasn’t how he wanted to round off the season, securing fifth in the championship when he was as far down as 11th after three DNFS on the bounce – two of which at the fault of other riders – is a bonus.
He said: “We have to take all the positive things from this year, we finished the season well and I also took my first race win with Ducati.
“I’m really happy with the bike and how we’ve worked. It’s not easy to see from the outside but we made big steps inside the team to get better results.”
Dovi (4) wasn’t able to beat Iannone in the final race
Dovizioso dicing with Pedrosa on his way to seventh at Valencia