Dovizioso has to settle with third on the grid for Austrian GP

On what will be his 250th grand prix start at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, after Ducati dominating the meeting so far and after being knocked out of second position in the closing stages of qualifying, Andrea Dovizoso will start the tenth round of the MotoGP from third on the grid.

Dovizioso has to settle with third on the grid for Austrian GP
Dovizioso knocked to third position on the grid in final stages of qualifying ahead of the Austrian GP - www.facebook.com (Andrea Dovizioso)

What a way to celebrate your 250th grand prix, by starting it from the front row. Italian factory Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso secured third on the grid today after a dramatic Qualifying which seen him pipped to the post by his teammate Andrea Iannone and fellow Italian rider Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha).

Ducatis dominated the Red Bull Ring so far

The Ducatis have dominated so far weekend ahead of the Austrian MotoGP, as expected from the recent test that took place before riders broke up for the summer break. Dovizioso and Iannone took turns at the top of the leaderboard until the final stages when Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo briefly made it to the top spot.

Receiving expert advice from former MotoGP champion and Ducati test rider Casey Stoner - www.facebook.com (Andrea Dovizioso)
Receiving expert advice from former MotoGP champion and Ducati test rider Casey Stoner - www.facebook.com (Andrea Dovizioso)

It looked like it was going to be  a Ducati one-two as Iannone had claimed pole and Dovizioso could only manage second until Rossi completed his last flying lap of the session to knock him down a place.

Front row start for Dovizioso

Dovizioso will start from third on the grid for the Neriogiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich. It will be the first time the MotoGP class will have raced here since 1997 when Mick Doohan won aboard a Honda.

Dovizioso taking to the rumble strips at the Red Bull Ring - www.facebook.com (Andrea Dovizioso)
Dovizioso taking to the rumble strips at the Red Bull Ring - www.facebook.com (Andrea Dovizioso)

250 Grand Prix starts for the Italian

At 30 years, 4 months and 21 days old, Dovizioso becomes the youngest ever rider to have started 250 grand prix.

The start of the season has been difficult for the Italian, but his fortune seemed to change when his contract with Ducati renewed and his confidence appeared to grow. It also helps that no one has crashed into him lately.

Dovizioso disappointed he missed out on pole

After qualifying, Dovizioso spoke of how he was “not surprised by the result”, as he feels that “Iannone is very strong in qualifying”. Dovizioso was the fastest man out there during FP2 and FP4 and when it came to qualifying he said, “We tried to get pole but I couldn’t.

Dovizioso celebrating 250 GP starts at the first Austrian GP in 19 years - www.facebook.com (Andrea Dovizioso)
Dovizioso celebrating 250 GP starts at the first Austrian GP in 19 years - www.facebook.com (Andrea Dovizioso)

Dovizioso admitted that he “didn’t do a perfect lap”, although he did say, “I did a good lap time but not perfect.” He was still happy with starting from third and mentioned “the front row is important for the race”.

Analysing the meeting at the Red Bull Ring so far the Italian said he was “so happy about the weekend until now” however he remained positive saying “our pace for the race is really good.”

Not knowing how things will turn out in the first race in nineteen years he said, “We’ll see tomorrow who worked in the best way for the whole 28 laps.”