World Cup leader Andrea Dovizioso: “That will not be enough”

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Andrea Dovizioso did not expect that. The Italian takes the lead in the World Cup despite a disappointing seventh place. He benefited from the mistakes of the previous leader Fabio Quartararo, who got to know the asphalt and the gravel twice. “It’s all a little strange. I had big problems during the race. In the end, the overall ranking counts. I expected a better placement, but not the lead in the World Cup. ”

The Ducati driver praised his brand colleague Francesco Bagnaia. Thanks to a race to catch up, the Pramac driver fought his way to the podium and celebrated a strong comeback after missing three races. «Congratulations. He can handle the tire better. The tire demands various things that I have no answers to at the moment. It’s different on every track, so it’s hard to adjust to it. You can see that in KTM too. You weren’t quick here. I also have to adjust my way of using the front brake. “

The way the Ducati drives has changed due to the new tires, explains Dovizioso: “Last year you braked, slipped a little and turned in. Now you have more grip on the rear tire. As a result, you quickly drive into the curve and that’s not my driving style. ”

A test on Tuesday, which both Dovizioso and teammate Danilo Petrucci will tackle, should help. Dovizioso is still in the dark while searching for clues, which is why the speed is lacking. The 34-year-old says: “If I drive like I did last year, then it doesn’t work. I try everything and I even have problems with my arm because I have to drive so aggressively to be fast. “

Ultimately, however, Dovizioso sticks to his initial statement and also refers to his experience: “We are first and it helps me that I have already driven so many races. But in the end it won’t be enough. There is not enough speed to compete for the World Cup until the end. Having the experience is good. But that won’t be enough. ”

The pilot from Forlimpopoli gives the fans hope: “The championship will remain insane until the end. There are many fast drivers and fast motorcycles. So many drivers can win or make it onto the podium. ”

Conversely, this means: Dovizioso, after all three times vice world champion, does not really want to make friends with the World Cup leadership. He gladly accepted Quartararo’s gift and in negotiations about a possible future in the MotoGP class, the top position in the world championship can only be helpful.

Result, MotoGP, San Marino GP

1. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 27 laps in 42: 02,, 272 (= 162.8 km / h)
2. Bagnaia, Pramac Ducati, + 2.217 sec
3. Mir, Suzuki, + 2.290
4.Rossi, Yamaha, + 2,643
5. Rins, Suzuki, + 4,044
6. Viñales, Yamaha, + 5,383
7. Dovizioso, Ducati, + 10.358
8. Miller, Pramac Ducati, + 11,155
9.Nakagami, Honda, +10,839 (set back one position)
10. Pol Espargaró, KTM, +12,030
11. Oliveira, KTM, + 12,376
12. Binder, KTM, + 12,405
13. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 15,142
14. Lecuona, KTM, + 19,914
15. Zarco, Ducati, + 20,152
16. Petrucci, Ducati, + 22,094
17. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 22,473
18.Bradl, Honda, + 37,856
19. Smith, Aprilia, + 1:18,831 min

Drivers’ Championship after 6 of 14 races

1. Dovizioso 76 Punkte. 2. Quartararo 70. 3. Miller 64. 4. Mir 60. 5. Viñales 58. 6. Rossi 58. 7. Morbidelli 57. 8. Binder 53. 9. Nakagami 53. 10. Oliveira 48. 11. Pol Espargaró 41 12. Rins 40. 13. Zarco 31. 14. Bagnaia 29. 15. Petrucci, 25.

Constructors’ championship after 6 of 14 races

1.Yamaha 113 Punkte. 2. Ducati 107. 3. KTM 88. 4. Suzuki 73. 5. Honda 53. 6. Aprilia 23.

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