07 Oct 2019
Andrea Dovizioso finished the Thailand GP, held today at the Buriram International Circuit, in fourth position. The rider from Forlì, who started from row 3, ran at a consistent pace throughout the race and after moving up to fourth on the opening lap, kept the same position until the chequered flag, defending himself from Rins, who made a comeback in the final stages.
Danilo Petrucci, who started from the second row, was overtaken by several riders on the opening lap, crossing the line in ninth place. The rider from Umbria then began to lap with the same times as the group fighting for sixth place, but was unable to make up the gap from Rossi, who was ahead of him, and he crossed the line in ninth.
Andrea Dovizioso remains in second position in the Riders’ standings, 110 points from Marquez who was crowned 2019 world champion today, and with an advantage of 48 points over Rins in third, while Danilo Petrucci drops to fifth place, 1 point behind Viñales.
Ducati still holds on to second place in the Constructors’ classification, and the Ducati Team lies first in the special Teams’ classification.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 4th
“It was rather a difficult race because unfortunately we weren’t able to improve enough in T3 and T4, where also in practice we were losing out to the frontrunners. It’s a pity, but I’d like to offer my congratulations to Marc and his team because they have had a spectacular season. We tried to fight against them but it just wasn’t sufficient, so now we’ll have to work even harder in view of next season”.
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 9th
“Without doubt today I made a bit of progress compared to the last few races, but we’re still missing something to get back in and fight for the top five positions. That was also my target in this race but unfortunately in the early laps I wasn’t able to be quick enough and afterwards, even though I had a good pace, I was too far away from the group of riders ahead of me. In the end we took home a few points but it wasn’t the result I wanted: at Motegi in a fortnight my situation will have to change”.
The MotoGP World Championship now moves further east to the Land of the Rising Sun where in two weeks’ time, the Grand Prix of Japan will be held at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit from 18th to 20th October.