No one likes a promising start to be ruined by forces beyond their control. But Andrea Dovizioso has no hard feelings towards those who threw up the red flag due to inclement weather.
Ducati has historically always been good in the rain, with Dovizioso being their star player in the downpour. So when the showers began, most people were expecting great things from him. Initially, he did seem to be living up to expectations, tailing behind fellow Italian Valentino Rossi while others floundered in the inhospitably damp conditions. Just when he snatched the lead, the red flag was displayed when road conditions were deemed too hazardous for driving. The restart seemed to jinx his performance from then onwards and he capped the race off by crashing out of it. Despite all this, he has no hard feelings. After all, he or anyone else could have ended up succumbing in horrible ways to the wet roads.
“Obviously I am very disappointed because we had a great weekend and I was leading the first part of the race in very difficult conditions, but then too much rain started to fall and it was right to start the race.”
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He ended up in a distant 11th place on the championship table after gaining zero points at Assen, a bitter disappointment to anyone who started the race off with as much pizzazz as he had. But he knows that a true winner doesn’t blame others for his foibles and he takes full responsibility for his lackluster performance post-Red Flag.
“Valentino and I both knew that we were the fastest riders out there and we pushed ourselves on to be as fast as possible, but in the end we both made mistakes. There aren’t many excuses when you crash, because it means that you have made a mistake, but when there are so many crashes in two days in the wet, it’s important to understand the reason why.”
We suppose there are limits even to what the likes of Dovizioso can do when the road is weeping rainwater. We’re glad we never got to find out their true extent.