Coming home eighth, over 40s behind the race leader, showed once again how much Ducati are struggling at the moment with Dovizioso leading home his teammate, Nicky Hayden, and Michele Pirro by five seconds in a Ducati train.
Having been confident of a top six finish yesterday Dovizioso was left to rue a slow start but with difficult conditions during the race, lower temperatures and a gusting wind, it made things very difficult for Dovizioso:
“I made a really bad start and lost some positions and then a lot of seconds in the first laps,” said the Italian.” Like I said yesterday to start on the third row at Misano is quite difficult because the first few corners anything can happen. If the riders in front of you brake early then you have to brake early and it means that the riders behind can overtake you.
“When I caught Nicky I thought I might be able to make [lap times of] 35.0s but I wasn’t as fast as yesterday and the feeling on the front was a little bit worse and the wind disturbed me a little bit and I couldn’t make a good rhythm but I’m not happy with the gap in front. I thought today there was a possibility to make a faster race with a better start and I could have followed Bautista and Bradl.”