Andrea Dovizioso finished ninth at the US Grand Prix and afterwards the Italian’s disappointment was clear to see. Having struggled in the early stages of the race he quickly lost touch with the leading group and was left to fight with his teammate, Nicky Hayden, for the race distance.
The Ducati had been expected to struggle at Laguna Seca given the bumpy nature of the track surface but with Dovizioso and Hayden finishing just two tenths apart it is clear that this represented the maximum from the bike today.
After the race Dovizoso admitted that he was unable to do any better:
“I tried to push and try to go under 1m23 but I wasn’t able to do that laptime and Nicky had exactly the same pace,” said Dovizioso. “It was difficult, the drop of the tyre after three laps meant that I couldn’t make a 1m22 and after that I lost the group with Cal so I tried to focus and be consistent but I wasn’t fast enough. I tried to make a small gap to Nicky but we were slow.”
When asked afterwards if he expected any upturn in form during the second half of the season the Italian commented that there are upcoming tests but that he did not hold out much hope of seeing a marked improvement.
“We have a test on Thursday at Misano where we have some things to try but I don’t think it will be something that can completely change our situation. I think it will be difficult to change the situation in the next few rounds and I don’t know if we will be able to reduce the gap before the season finishes.”