Sport Ducati has done everything 'almost perfect', says Dovizioso

18:07  12 october  2017
18:07  12 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1

  Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1 Championship leader Marc Marquez dominated a soaking first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix from Motegi, with Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro his nearest challenger in second. Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera was the early pacesetter in the sodden first session with a 2m00.685s, though this was soon eclipsed by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales with a 1m59.344s. Typically finding the going tough in wet conditions on the YZR–M1, Vinales – who is third in the standings and 28 points off of the lead – lowered his benchmark to a 1m58.303s with 30 minutes left on the clock. Marquez demoted his fellow Spaniard almost immediately, however, with a 1m58.303s and improved to a 1m56.349s to go almost two seconds clear at just over half distance. Nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso – who comes into this round 16 points back – was able to briefly cut down the Honda rider’s advantage to 0.391 seconds as he jumped up to second, though was soon shuffled back to fifth while Marquez improved to a 1m55.418s. As the field pushed on in the final few minutes, several riders were caught out by the conditions. Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone slid off his GSX–RR at Turn 8, while Cal Crutchlow lost control of his LCR Honda under braking for Turn 9 and collided with Jorge Lorenzo – both walked away unscathed. Twitter: BIG crash for @lorenzo99 & @calcrutchlow! Fortunately both OK & errmm… discussing what happened in the gravel… https://t.

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Andrea Dovizioso believes Ducati has done ‘almost everything perfect’ this season, but is unsure if it can sustain its charge for the MotoGP title in the final four races.

Dovizioso comes into this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix 16 points adrift of standings leader Marc Marquez, after the Honda rider romped to his fifth win of the year while the Italian struggled to seventh at Aragon.

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The Ducati rider came from a 31-point deficit after the French round to score four wins and hold a championship lead of nine points after the British Grand Prix.

Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1

  Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1 Championship leader Marc Marquez dominated a soaking first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix from Motegi, with Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro his nearest challenger in second. Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera was the early pacesetter in the sodden first session with a 2m00.685s, though this was soon eclipsed by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales with a 1m59.344s. Typically finding the going tough in wet conditions on the YZR–M1, Vinales – who is third in the standings and 28 points off of the lead – lowered his benchmark to a 1m58.303s with 30 minutes left on the clock. Marquez demoted his fellow Spaniard almost immediately, however, with a 1m58.303s and improved to a 1m56.349s to go almost two seconds clear at just over half distance. Nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso – who comes into this round 16 points back – was able to briefly cut down the Honda rider’s advantage to 0.391 seconds as he jumped up to second, though was soon shuffled back to fifth while Marquez improved to a 1m55.418s. As the field pushed on in the final few minutes, several riders were caught out by the conditions. Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone slid off his GSX–RR at Turn 8, while Cal Crutchlow lost control of his LCR Honda under braking for Turn 9 and collided with Jorge Lorenzo – both walked away unscathed. Twitter: BIG crash for @lorenzo99 & @calcrutchlow! Fortunately both OK & errmm… discussing what happened in the gravel… https://t.

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but I feel quite calm about that because I know very well what we did this year: we did a great job and we did almost everything perfect ,” he said . Motegi has been kind to Dovizioso and Ducati in the past and the championship hopeful expects the Desmosedici GP17 to be equally as effective this

It’s this transformation in form after the opening races that has pleased Dovizioso most this season, and he believes it is this that has kept him in contention for the title – though he does not know if he will still be a challenger after the flyaway races.

“It’s a really important moment, but I feel quite calm about that because I know very well what we did this year,” said Dovizioso.

“We did a great job and we did almost everything perfect. We are at the end of the championship and we are fighting with Honda, Yamaha and with these two special riders (Marquez and Maverick Vinales).

“So it means we did a great job. Last year we were quite far from the championship, at the beginning of the season we were quite far.

“So I’m happy to have created this situation.

Dovizioso fastest in FP2 as Marquez crashes

  Dovizioso fastest in FP2 as Marquez crashes Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati responded to Marc Marquez’s blistering first practice pace by ending a wet Friday at Motegi fastest of all as the Spaniard crashed. After a steady start to proceedings this morning in fifth, Dovizioso went top of the pile in the afternoon immediately with a 1m55.837s, which put him nine tenths clear of the field. Marquez cut the gap to half a second 15 minutes in, though the Italian soon responded to the Honda rider’s advances and set a 1m54.877s. The Ducati rider remained largely unchallenged for the next 20 minutes, but Marquez did begin to apply pressure with eight minutes to go with a 1m54.920s, which put him to within five hundredths of a second of his nearest championship rival. Pushing to try and reclaim top spot in the final few minutes, Marquez was flicked from his RC213V at Turn 4. The championship leader was unscathed and remained second when the chequered flag fell. Twitter: This time @marcmarquez93 pushes the limits a little too far! #RiderOK #JapaneseGP https://t.co/rFhhZ1mEbY (@MotoGP) Dovizioso was unable to improve on his laptime in the closing stages, while Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro completed the top three after a 1m55.061s lap riddled with small moments as the Spaniard pushed hard. Jorge Lorenzo brushed off his shunt with Cal Crutchlowthis morning to go fourth fastest ahead of Tech3’s Johann Zarco, who ended Friday as the only Yamaha rider inside the top 10.

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“I don’t know if we have a chance reall to fight for the championship until the end, but we will try 100 percent and we will enjoy this moment.”

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Dovizioso reckons Motegi’s numerous hard-braking zones will play into his favour this weekend, while admitting Ducati‘s aerodynamic fairing – which he has seldom used since it introduction at Brno – will be of big benfit to him also in the circuit’s many low-gear acceleration points.

“It is a good track for us and especially for me, because there is a lot of hard braking,” the 2004 125cc Japanese Grand Prix winner said.

“I think we are quite competitive in the braking.

“I think with the fairing we can also be competitive in the acceleration, at the end of the straight our engine is really strong.

“So there is a lot of cards we can (use) to be very competitive, but the weather is unstable it looks like, so we have to live day by day and try to get the maximum (from the bike).”

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Dovizioso blames poor qualifying on confidence-shattering FP4 crash .
MotoGP title hopeful Andrea Dovizioso blames his poor performance in Phillip Island qualifying on a lack of confidence brought about by a fast crash in fourth practice. The Italian was pushing for a laptime in the 30–minute session prior to qualifying when he locked up the front of his Ducati under braking for the tight hairpin of the MG corner. The Italian was unhurt and able to get out for qualifying, but the crash robbed him of confidence in the front–end of his Desmosedici and he could only manage a 1m29.496s for 11th – his worst Saturday result since he was 14th at Jerez. “The medium front tyre was on the limit on the right,” explained Dovizioso, who was the only Ducati representative in Q2. “I braked too had and lost the front – a classic Phillip Island crash. “That made me lose confidence on the front, and in the end I didn’t make a good laptime.” Dovizioso was adamant qualifying does not truly represent where he is in the pecking order, and is happy with his race pace – though he does admit pole man and championship rival Marc Marquez is still the favourite. “I think the reality is different to what qualifying shows,” said Dovizioso. “Marc’s pace is fastest, but after him we’re there. My feeling yesterday wasn’t bad, nor today before the crash when I was quite consistent. “We have limits, but it’s important to create a good feeling with me and the bike agan, and to be smooth in the race because the race is long and the consumption of the rear tyre is very high.

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