Dovizioso: Tyre choice cost me

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso has admitted that his conservative tyre choice was ultimately the reason he was not able to win the Austrian Moto GP on Sunday.

Andrea Iannone clinched his maiden MotoGP victory in Austria on Sunday as he held off Dovizioso to claim Ducati’s first win since 2010 and their first one-two since 2007.

While Iannone gambled on a softer rear tyre, Dovizioso opted to play it safe and go with a harder tyre that was always going to be more durable but not as fast.

The risk paid off for Iannone and Dovizioso was left kicking himself for not being more bold.

“Yes, I’m disappointed about that [tyre choice],” Dovizioso said.

“We worked very well. The bike was perfect, I was braking better than Andrea, but I didn’t have the same grip on the right side [of the tyre] especially at the end of the race. Not because of the drop [degradation] but because the grip was less.

“I pushed really hard at the end, to try to be close on braking to overtake him, but I couldn’t stay very close. I’m very disappointed about that.

“But for Ducati to come first and second is special.”