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

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

Dovizioso pinned hopes of Motegi win on Turn 11 pass

  Dovizioso pinned hopes of Motegi win on Turn 11 pass Andrea Dovizioso knew he could win the Motegi MotoGP race if he could line Marc Marquez up for a pass at Turn 11, as his Ducati was performing much better on the brakes than the Honda. The Italian made his way from ninth on the grid to the podium positions in a matter of four laps at the start of a wet Japanese Grand Prix, and proceeded to battle with championship leader Marquez for the entirety of the race. Struggling with rear grip in the closing stages, the Italian knew his best chance at winning the race would be into the heavy braking zone of Turn 11 at the end of the lap, but was finding it difficult to close the gap to Marquez. A small mistake from the Honda rider at Turn 8 allowed Dovizioso to close up and execute a pass at Turn 11, while fending off a last-gasp attack at the last corner to take his fifth win of the season. “I was struggling a lot,” the Ducati rider, who now trails Marquez by just 11 points, said. “He tried to push again in the last two laps, but maybe was over the limit. He did a mistake and I was able to catch him again, and I knew Turn 11 was my break. “I knew I had to do everything perfect in two corners to be ready for Turn 11. “That was already at the beginning of my race my strategy, but it was difficult because he was making really good laptimes. “I was able to exit Turn 10 behind him and I brake so hard. My bike in the braking was better than his bike, but (still) remaining two corners, and there was Marc behind me.

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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.

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 (@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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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 beats Marquez in thrilling Motegi battle

  Dovizioso beats Marquez in thrilling Motegi battle Andrea Dovizioso reduced his deficit in the MotoGP championship to just 11 points after prevailing in a thrilling battle with standings leader Marc Marquez in a wet Japanese Grand Prix. Marquez swooped into the lead at the first corner off the line, while Jorge Lorenzo slotted in behind and team-mateDovizioso jumped up to fifth. Lorenzo took the lead away from his compatriot at Turn 9, while, shod with the extra-soft rear tyre – one of just six riders to run with that compound – DaniloPetrucci used his early grip advantage to hunt down the Spaniard and take second away from him. The Pramac rider then scythed past Lorenzo for the lead and pulled over a second clear, though was gradually reeled in by Marquez over the next few laps as Lorenzo faded away to eighth. By lap four, Dovizioso had moved into third and was being dragged along by Marquez, who eventually found a way through on Petrucci on lap 12 at Turn 11. Dovizioso immediately passed Petrucci at the first corner on the following lap and began his pursuit of Marquez, with the Italian overhauling the Honda rider with six laps remaining. The Ducati rider put almost a second of daylight between the pair, but Marquez closed him down again and retook the lead at the beginning of lap 21. Dovizioso retaliated with a daring move up the inside of the 130R corner, though the Honda rider countered this into Turn 9 and edged half a second clear as they began the final lap.

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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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Ducati WorldSBK project leader Marinelli to depart at end of season .
Ducati’s World Superbike project leader Ernesto Marinelli will depart the Italian squad at the conclusion of the 2017 season to pursue ‘new professional challenges.’ Marinelli has been a part of the Ducati fold since 1995 and worked as a track engineer for WorldSBK legend Carl Fogarty, as well as Neil Hodgson in 1997. From 1998 to 2000, Marinelli headed Bologna’s assault in the AMA Superbike series with the likes of Antony Gobert, Troy Bayliss, Ben Bostrom and John Kocinski. Marinelli worked with Bostrom in 2001 and 2002 in WorldSBK as a track engineer before being promoted to technical director in 2003. In 2010, Marinelli took over the role as Ducati’sWorldSBK project manager. The Italian has enjoyed a highly successful career with Ducati, aiding the marque to five Riders’ titles in 2003 (Hodgson) 2004 (James Toseland), 2006, 2008 (Bayliss) and in 2011 (Carlos Checa), as well as six Manufacturers’ crowns in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011. “After 22 years, it’s not easy to say goodbye and turn over a new leaf, and if you leave a company like Ducati, the decision becomes even more difficult,” said Marinelli. “Nevertheless, for each and every one of us, the time comes to raise the bar and face up to further challenges. “I’m leaving Ducati in the knowledge that I have lived numerous unforgettable and successful moments, sharing passion, dramas and satisfaction, as well as defeats, disappointments and difficulties.

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