Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso secured another solid result at the Mugello Grand Prix last weekend, just losing out on 4th place by mere hundredths of a second to LCR Honda rider, Stefan Bradl.
The Italian’s home race weekend got off to a rocky start as he threw it into the gravel in FP1, injuring his neck in the process. However, with some intense physiotherapy Friday night, he was able to put his Desmosedici GP13 on the front row of the grid in Qualifying for the second time in succession.
Dovizioso managed a swift start in Sunday’s race, pleasing home fans by sticking with the front of the field in the first few corners. Although this was short lived and the ex 125 world champion spent the remainder of the race battling with Bradl and his team mate Nicky Hayden, ending up being pipped to the line in 5th place.
“In terms of gap to the front and finish position, this is the best result that we could realistically expect. It was a really tough race, like always at Mugello. I gritted my teeth to try and stay with Bradl until the end, and I had a nice battle with Nicky. Unfortunately, I lost the fight with Bradl on the last lap, but it was fun—we passed each other four times! In the practice sessions, we’re able to do good times, but I think that fifth place at Mugello is the best we can do with our current package, so we still have a lot of work to do.”