For the second successive round the Ducati Team pairing of Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden secured top ten starts during a frantic MotoGP Q2 session. Dovi snatched a second row start posting the sixth fastest time on his penultimate circuit of the stunning Texas track. American team mate Hayden securing tenth place after yet again suffering rear end vibrations that plagued the Kentucky rider at Qatar early on, but after a quick pit in to change the rear tyre he recovered to post the tenth fastest time.
|Dovi on his way to sixth position on the grid
Photo: Ducati Press
Dovizioso, in a positive mood ahead of the race said “We’ve been going well the whole weekend, so I’m pleased. The track is really nice, especially because the grip is nearly normal now, which makes riding more fun as well. The gap to the front is pretty big, but it’s sort of like that for many of the riders. The race will be strange because the circuit is new for everyone. The tyres aren’t wearing because they don’t have to ‘work’ hard here, so I doubt that the performance will fall off much. I managed to adapt pretty quickly to this new track, and I’m pushing hard because in some respects I feel good with the Ducati. We know we have limits, but we’re working well. I see optimism on the team, because we want to return to the top.”
Hayden, who is wary of the start tomorrow, said “We made some progress this morning, and I thought we could be a little bit more competitive in Q2 than I was. When I first went out, I had a vibration issue with the rear tyre that was similar to what I had in qualifying in Qatar. I came in and changed tyres, and it went away immediately. Starting tenth here isn’t good. We’ll see how things go tomorrow, especially at turn one, where it will be interesting to see if everyone can get through cleanly on the start. We still have some problems with the front, which hurts your confidence. We also need to improve in the esses, so we’ll try something in the warm-up. Regardless, I’m looking forward to the race.”