Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso recorded his worst result of the 2019 MotoGP season so far, finishing a distant sixth place in front of his home crowd with winner and world-champion elect Marc Marquez almost 14s up the road.
But the Italian told anyone who would listen that getting ‘pissed off’ with the situation would do no good as he did as much as he could with the tools he was given on the day.
It’s a shame about the position, but for me we worked really well over the weekend, being aware of this situation from the tests,” said Dovizioso, speaking at the track.
“When that’s the case you have to stay calm, work well and that’s what we did. I appear calm because I understand what we are capable of, which is to bring home the maximum with what we have at our disposal.
“I don’t need to worry about other things or do different things compared with what we’re doing right now.
“We are working hard, we are trying. But if go out on track and you are pissed off, it doesn’t change anything.
“We have to try and bring home the maximum like today. It’s a sixth place at 13 seconds which isn’t great. Then there are other conversations to be had, but these we do internally.”
Aside from two non-finishes, Dovizioso previous worst was fifth at the Sachsenring. There have been three fourth places with the rest podium finishes.
By contrast, Marquez has finished first or second in every race he has seen the chequered flag, which is all of them bar Austin.