Dovizioso: “Everyone could see what happened
After being brought down by his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso valiantly stood back up to push his Ducati across the line for 13th.
Andrea Dovizioso had stood as the leading Ducati for the majority of the Argentina GP, leading outright for the first two laps. He would eventually be passed by several riders, but always remained within touching distance of the podium. A mandatory bike change was orderrf for all the premier class riders between the ninth and 11th lap, Dovizioso diving into the pits on lap 10. He returned to the track and found himself contending with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Ducati Team teammate Andrea Iannone in a tremendous battle for the final two steps of the podium. Viñales would soon slide out of their competition.
With Viñales gone, Dovizioso took advantage of an aggressive pass by his teammate on Rossi to slip past them both and into second. The man from Forli tried to run away and began the last lap in second, but Iannone was right with him. It all came down to the final corners, ‘Desmo Dovi’ on track for second in the race until his teammate tried an incredibly ambitious move and took them both down. Disappointed but determined, Dovizioso stood up and pushed him Desmosedici GP across the line for 13th.
Andrea Dovizioso: “I am very disappointed because we did a great race despite it being a complicated weekend for everyone. In qualifying we went well, in the race I was running up front and in my opinion the strategy was a good one. I even changed bikes at the right moment, staying out a lap extra and making up a few seconds. In the last few laps we were in a bit of difficulty, but we managed to catch Valentino, and I tried to close all the doors during the final lap. In the penultimate corner however what everyone could see happened and I missed out on a certain second place. Looking at things positively, we were also quick here in Argentina and, if I had managed to finish the race, now we would be second in the championship just one point behind Marquez.
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