Dovizioso laments 'complicated' weekend
25 September 2017 – Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was left to rue a "complicated" Aragón Grand Prix weekend as he fell 16 points behind Honda rival Marc Márquez in the title race.
Dovizioso has struggled to make an impact at MotorLand since it arrived on the calendar in 2010, taking his only podium there in 2012, while racing for Tech 3 Yamaha.
After a damp Friday, which left riders without representative running, Dovizioso qualified seventh, behind the other championship contenders.
Dovizioso made a strong getaway to run as high as third in the early stages, but slipped back with the Soft rear tyre as the race wore on and ultimately finished where he started.
"It was a complicated weekend and my race was a tough one," said Dovizioso.
"At the start I tried to stay with the leading group, but unfortunately I didn't have many cards to play.
"For sure, not being able to do many laps on Friday complicated the situation, because we knew this wasn't an easy track for us and that we needed more time to work.
"I don't think that opting for the Soft rear tyre was a mistake, and the drop in performance towards the end of the race in my opinion is due to other factors, seeing as I was losing a lot in some parts of the track.
"[It was a] pity about my seventh place but, given the conditions, it was the best I could do."
Dovizioso is hopeful of recovering lost ground over the 'triple header' sequence in Japan, Australia and Malaysia, before the return to Europe for the season finale in Valencia.
"There are still a lot of points at stake in the next four races and so we'll try and make the best of the next opportunities," he commented.
Dovizioso's team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo, recorded his second podium of the season at Aragón.