Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest Ducati rider following qualifying at Misano ahead of tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix and the Italian was quite pleased with his performance where he was less than one tenth of a second slower that Alvaro Bautista.
While Bautista is almost certain to be too fast in race conditions for Dovizioso tomorrow with Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl having struggled all weekend for front end grip and Aleix Espargaro outperforming expectations there is still potential for Dovizioso to pick up some positions tomorrow with a clean start.
When asked after qualifying how he felt the Italian was in a positive frame of mind and aiming for a top six finish in tomorrow’s race:
“Today was a positive day,” said the Italian. “Our pace is better than the last few races and we can fight for a better position but unfortunately I’m not very happy with my position on the grid because the start and the first three corners are very difficult here. But we worked well today and have a good pace. The first four riders have a different pace, like at other tracks, but the riders behind them are all at a similar pace to us. Bautista is a little faster but Bradl and Crutchlow are similar so I think that the maximum we can fight for is sixth position.”
Another reason for Dovizioso to be positive is that there is a chance of rain falling during tomorrow’s race which would obviously play to the strength of the Ducati which has historically been much stronger in the wet than in the dry. Even so Dovizioso is not actively looking for rain:
“We need to see the weather too because it looks like there is a possibility of rain tomorrow. At Le Mans it was not completely wet but we made our best result so I’ve still a question about if at a different track it will be the same. I think that in the wet we could be competitive but in the wet it is so easy to make a mistake that I would prefer it to be dry.”