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Matthew Birt  says:

Andrea Dovizioso thrilled with podium challenge

Andrea Dovizioso capitalised on Ducati’s preference for wet conditions to mount a podium challenge until the penultimate lap of a rain-hit French MotoGP race in Le Mans yesterday.The Italian led for eight out of the opening 13 laps after an intense battle with eventual winner Dani Pedrosa and he only lost second position to hard charging British rider Cal Crutchlow...

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AdieMonk

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AdieMonk says:

Owain...

If you check the lap-by-lap analisys on MotoGP.com you will find that Dovi was quicker for the first couple of laps, then they were either running ver similar laptime or Cal was quicker, hence Cal close the 5.4 second gap to Dovi at the end of lap 2 and eventually passing Dovi later in the race.

 

From where I was sat (granted it was my sofa) Cal looked quicker on the brakes into and through the corners but lacked the acceleration of Dovi and the Ducati exiting the corners which was most noticable on the two main straights.

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AdieMonk

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AdieMonk says:

for clarity....

a 5.4 second gap existed between Dovi and Cal at the end of lap 2, which Cal closed down over the coming laps....

 

I'm not taking anything away from Dovi, he rode a great race, it's just that Cal rode a better on which you seem to be ignoring.

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OwainGlyndwr

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OwainGlyndwr says:

Adie ...

... Le Mans is known as being a Yamaha track and Crutchlow had the fastest bike in the race - bar none. In contrast, Dovi's Ducati was only 6th fastest in a straight line and eats tyres. 


An okay ride by the human cannonball, but nothing to write home about when compared to Dovi - just like last year.

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Bootlegger

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Bootlegger says:

Great while it lasted

For half the race it smacked of Ducati glory days. When that dry line started evidencing itself you just knew it was tickets for Dovi's podium hunt. Highly entertaining and motivating for Ducati prior to Mugello.

The fact that Yamaha and HRC are running 2013 tackle vs Ducati running 2012 tackle must give Domenicali and Gobmeir real hope that they actually can close in on the Japs later in the season.

However,the lack of the tyre war will hamstring them as ever circa 2009.

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AdieMonk

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AdieMonk says:

True....

....Le Mans is known as a Yamaha track, but as we all know the wet weather is a great leveller.  I wouldn't put Cal's 2mph advantage down to the machine though, more that he was prepared to brake a little later at the end of the straight, backing up my observation that he was quicker on the brakes and during corner entry.

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OwainGlyndwr

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OwainGlyndwr says:

Untrue Adie ...

... check the link again and you'll see a host of Yamaha's at the top of the speed tables led by Crutchlow on the fastest bike out there - shame he couldn't exploit it's full potential, but that's what happens when you're intent on crashing.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

In actual fact Owain

Cal's badly swollen right knee actually helped him in the race. He 'crashed' upon it a few times in La Chapelle. If the knee wasn't as swollen as it was, thereby keeping him and the bike more upright,  it may have been too late and curtains with a full crash following.

Cal's bike was a rocketship. That was clearly evidenced at the end of the straights. Not even Dani or Dovi in each others draft could match the pace that Cal's 'weak and feeble' B spec M1 had.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

blah blah stats

nostro and bah man,cals result was more than dovi's and rossi's and a wet setting aint exactly full power now is it boys and girls!!!!, its who manages it best in the conditions, see mick doohan!!!

cals bike was fast with him riding it in thie form yes get over it. waste away because he wont and dont care what anybody says even herve. rides it as fast as possible,dovi only was near the front due to wet consitions, see next dry race, italy the ducati's will be near crt's. get over it.

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OwainGlyndwr

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OwainGlyndwr says:

Yeah, right Densil ...

... put Pol on it if you really want to see what it can do - not some gimp with a gammy leg.

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noddy61

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noddy61 says:

A harder grade of spark plug and a rider with balls was all that was needed to drag the Ducati back out of the dark ages,it's not there yet but qualifying 3rd and finishing 4th only 10 seconds up the track and along with Nicky 5th would point to its getting there.

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