The two Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will start from the second and third row of the grid respectively for the Italian Grand Prix, the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship, which will be held tomorrow at the Autodromo del Mugello in Tuscany, Italy.
In the fifteen minutes of Q2 Crutchlow lapped in 1’47.659, setting the sixth quickest time, which is also his best result so far in qualifying this year. Dovizioso instead was unable to complete a clean lap in the decisive session, but remains optimistic about tomorrow’s race.
Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro had to settle for fifteenth place and will start from row 5 tomorrow.
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 6th (1’47.659)
“It was a positive qualifying session, we needed to improve this weekend and we have. FP4 was not what we expected, we went in the wrong direction with the bike, and we had no time to change it back to how I wanted so I was pleasantly surprised with qualifying. I think we did a good job and I’m not too far off the front row, but I made a small mistake as well in the lap and could have improved even more. Ducati have worked hard this weekend, we have a strong engine to take some advantage in some places of the track, now we need to calm it down a bit through the chicanes and work on tomorrow’s setting for the race.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 8th (1’47.754)
“We did a good job today in the FP4 session, lapping with a good pace on the race tyre and I think we can be pretty satisfied in view of the race tomorrow. In qualifying however I was unable to get 100% out of the bike and unfortunately, as we are all pretty close together, I will start from row 3. But if I can get a good start I think that tomorrow I can do a good race.”
Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) – 15th (1’48.794)
“In the end I didn’t manage to improve my time and so I’ll start from row 5. We’ve got a few ideas for tomorrow, but we mustn’t forget that we’re here above all to follow the GP14’s development programme. For me it’s important to take home useful indications for the Ducati engineers, but tomorrow in any case I’ll try and have a good race.”