Dovi’s double trouble
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