Dovizioso ‘We have to take the pos­i­tives’

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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

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