Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Andrea Dovizioso ecstatic with maiden rostrum
After claiming three fourth places in his rookie campaign, the former world 125 champion was delighted to make his big breakthrough.
“Today I am happy! The first podium in MotoGP, after so much work in a season full of satisfaction: this is important for me and for my team. I wanted to give other podiums to the team but I hope that this will repay them for all the work done this year, but it is also a thanks for the seven years that we have competed together.
“With the Scot Team I won the world 125cc championship and we wanted to achieve something spectacular, given that next year I will be in the works HRC Repsol Honda team. The race was hard and after a good start, Valentino and Dani gained ground, while Nicky and I were left behind.
“I led alone, focusing on myself, because I had no references in front and felt the approach of Nicky’s Honda going into every turn! When I saw the group behind, I realised my situation and realised that I could not afford to make the slightest mistake. I made the most of the tyres, which in these conditions slid a lot, and I had to drive hard by picking the bike up out of the corners early.
“Over the last few laps I was passed by Nicky but I managed to finish ahead and finally realise my podium finish. Thanks again to everyone on my team as every one of them has always been close to me and supportive.”