Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo finished the German Grand Prix, which was held today in dry weather conditions at the Sachsenring circuit, in eighth and eleventh place respectively.
The Italian, starting tenth on the grid on row 4, moved up strongly into fourth by lap 18 but over the next few laps he suffered a performance drop in the rear tyre and could only finish the race in eighth place. In the overall standings Dovizioso is now in third, six points behind Marquez and one point behind Viñales, but four ahead of Rossi.
Jorge Lorenzo finished the German GP in eleventh place. The Spanish rider, who started from the sixth grid slot on row 2, got a good start and finished the opening lap in third place, but gradually lost ground over the next few laps to drop down to eleventh by mid-race, a position he maintained until the chequered flag.
Following a one-month break, the MotoGP World Championship will next be back in action on 4-6 August in the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 8th
“It’s a pity about my final position. We chose the soft rear tyre option for the race but we didn’t have much data because we didn’t do many laps in the dry, and unfortunately the risk didn’t pay off. Towards the end of the race I struggled because the performance of the tyre dropped off suddenly and quite a lot, but this is a very strange championship and it’s not always easy to manage the different situations. In the end the weekend here at the Sachsenring was quite complicated but also interesting for the future, because we were able to understand quite a bit more, both about the bike and about the tyres. In the race I felt good and I’m really happy about the feeling I had with my bike, so I think that we can do well in the next few races.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 11th
“I can’t be satisfied with today’s result, neither with the final position nor with the gap to the winner, but after the warm-up, which went really bad, I was very worried about the race. Instead I managed to do four or five laps at a good pace in the early stages and I was racing at a decent pace until the performance dropped off on the left side of the rear tyre. In the final stages however I had to reduce my pace because the bike was spinning under acceleration and I was no longer able to fight for ninth. Both at Assen and here in Germany there were two or three corners where I was losing too much time to the riders in the leading group and I hope that we will no longer have the same problems at the next tracks. We knew that these two races were going to be pretty complicated for us but, at least here at the Sachsenring, we’ve understand several things that will be useful at the next circuits, which are better for me.”
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