Dovi’s dou­ble trou­ble

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His­tory has re­peated it­self for the luck­less An­drea Dovizioso, af­ter he was tor­pe­doed off his bike dur­ing Sun­day’s Ar­gen­tine Grand Prix for the sec­ond year in a row. T-boned in 2016 by then­team-mate An­drea Ian­none in the last cor­ner (a move that cost the hot-headed Ital­ian his seat in the team), this year it was Aleix Es­par­garó who took him out.

How­ever, de­spite say­ing that Aprilia rider Es­par­garó was partly to blame for the in­ci­dent, Dovizioso was quick to lay the lion’s share of the cul­pa­bil­ity on fel­low Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci, who the pair were chas­ing at the time.

“When I was be­hind Danilo he’d com­pletely used up his rear tyre and was rid­ing in a bad way. He was brak­ing in a strange way, and I think it was too much. Ev­ery­one tries to use their own style, but the way he used it was bad.

“I tried to pass him on the in­side and he braked late and closed the door, and that doesn’t give the other rider the pos­si­bil­ity to do any­thing. That cre­ated the crash, be­cause I al­most hit him and ran wide, and that caused Aleix to make his mis­take. For sure Aleix made a mis­take, but Danilo cre­ated it.”

Dovi’s Ar­gen­tine curse strikes again

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