Mugello MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after race

Andrea Dovizioso scores a fantastic win in the Italian GP at Mugello.

Mugello MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after race
Podium: Race winner Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Alvaro Bautista, Aspar Racing Team

Cla #DriverBikeLapsTimeGapkm/hPoints
1   4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 23 41'32.126   174.2 25
“It was a fantastic day for me but it had started badly after a sleepless night because I had a bit of food poisoning. Today I didn’t have much energy, but I knew that the bike was going to be strong, because we had worked well throughout the weekend and I also had a lot of support from my fans, physiotherapist and family and this made a big difference. Despite the fact that I wasn’t at 100%, I was able to administer the race even though I wasn’t the quickest man out there, but I did a perfect strategy, and I moved into the right position at the right moment. I rode really smoothly, I never forced the pace excessively and this made all the difference because Mugello is a track that physically wears you out and in any case the tyres did not allow me to push too hard. Finally we did it: winning at Mugello is really something special!”
2   25 spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 23 41'33.407 1.281 174.1 20
"Honestly, I‘m so happy and pleased, because today was a day to stay on the bike. When I saw Valentino fall back and with Marc not being there at the front, I thought “OK today is the day to take second place and bring home a lot of points”, which is really important after the crash on Friday. Being on the bike was already very lucky, because it was a fast crash and my arm was hurting a lot, so I‘m very pleased for today‘s result. I was only feeling pain when the bike was moving but for most of the race I was feeling really good, I was at 100%. I was, as always, preparing to push on the last five laps and make my best rhythm of the race, but like I said, today was a good day to stay on the bike."
3   9 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 23 41'34.460 2.334 174.1 16
"I would have sold my house for a podium here"
4   46 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 23 41'35.811 3.685 174.0 13
"I knew that today‘s race would be more difficult than usual for me. While on the bike I rode well and I didn't have pain, but I was struggling a bit and I knew that 23 laps would be long and hard. I tried my best, I did a perfect start and I led the race for some laps, but I couldn't really ride the way I would have liked to. At the end I tried to stay close to the riders in front, but I did not have the power to attack Danilo. I would have liked a lot to be on the podium today, but there was nothing I could do. It‘s a bit disappointing that I'm not on the podium at Mugello, but seeing where I was few days ago, and the big hit I took, it‘s been a positive weekend all in all. Being here and riding in front of so many fans was a “gift”. Now we have just few days before Catalunya, another important race, so I will try to recover and be in perfect shape in Barcelona."
5   19 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 23 41'37.928 5.802 173.8 11
"Today it was important to make it to the end of the race, after the two non-finishes in the last two races in Jerez and Le Mans, where we could have done well. We needed to finish. I had good pace, but I lost some positions at the beginning because I was a little stiff. Then, I started to relax and pick up my rhythm, and little by little I was passing the riders ahead. When I caught Marc Márquez, I thought about pushing to see if I could leave him behind, but he hooked on and it was difficult. Lap by lap the variation in the gap to the lead was very small but it served as reference. On the last lap, I tried to close all the doors to prevent him passing me, I did it and now I can say I finished fifth. I am happy to finish the race and especially to do it in this way. This was a real fifth position, not down to problems for other riders like in Argentina, where we were fourth. It gives us a real boost of morale for Barcelona.”

 

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