Dovizioso left to lament 'big disappointment'
22 October 2017 – Andrea Dovizioso described his Australian Grand Prix as a "big disappointment" as he lost substantial ground in the title race to Marc Márquez.
Dovizioso closed the points gap to 11 after beating Márquez at a rain-soaked Motegi a week ago, but struggled for pace at Phillip Island, compounded by a crash during fourth practice.
Dovizioso made early gains from 11th on the grid but went wide through Turn 1, and had to take to the run-off, dropping to 20th place as a result.
He recovered some ground but came home only 13th; with Márquez taking victory, the gap between the pair is now 33 points, with 50 up for grabs across the remaining two races.
"Today's race was a big disappointment and we really lost a lot of points in the championship," said Dovizioso.
"For sure my mistake in the early stages of the race complicated things and maybe even the choice of rear tyre was not the best one, but on this track our bike is still struggling a lot.
"This year we've managed to improve many aspects and be competitive throughout the season.
"But when you come to tracks like this, where you don't brake very much and where there are lots of long fast corners, some of our limits are magnified.
"It's a pity, because at this point of the season it would have been better to be closer to Márquez in the standings.
"But now we have to think of Malaysia, where quite simply we'll have to give it our all."
Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo also struggled, coming home in 15th position.