MotoGP: Dovi ecstatic with fourth win of 2017

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Andrea Dovizioso has taken his fourth victory of the 2017 MotoGP season in style at the British Grand Prix, by delivering a knock out blow to Valentino Rossi in the closing stages of Sunday’s race to take victory from his fellow Italian.

Riding an almost perfect race to strike in the closing stages and secure not only the win but also the championship lead, he says the race couldn’t have gone any better for him.

“I’m so happy about today’s victory, my fourth this year, because every race we win is different from the others, and this means that we are really strong and can fight for the championship. It was a really tough race because all of our rivals were on top form. Today Marquez was unlucky, but we did a perfect race because, even though we were probably not the quickest outright, we were able to interpret it in the best possible way and go on to win.

“This means that the work we did during the weekend was excellent, and so was my race strategy because I managed to get into the right position at the right time. This year every race is a story in itself and the tyres are always a key factor, but we are very focused on our working method which is producing results.”

And, with teammate Jorge Lorenzo also enjoying a strong result of his own in fifth place, Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna was more than delighted with the squad’s performance after the race.

“I want to send my congratulations to all the men and women of Ducati Corse for this fourth win of the season because, if I think of how hard they have been working over the last few years, I’m really happy that now they can finally see the results of their work. Andrea did another marvellous race, in which he never made one single mistake, and also Jorge scored a good result on a difficult track like this one, finishing just over three seconds behind the winner, so I have to say that I am really optimistic for the future.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer