Dovizioso "paid" for wrong MotoGP tyre choice in wet French GP
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso said he "paid" for riding the wrong tires at Sunday's MotoGP French Grand Prix and "fell almost ten times" in the final laps.
Dovizioso ran in the main battle for much of the 26-lap competition at Le Mans, but struggled with a drop in brains in the closing stages and was pushed off the podium to fourth on the checkered flag after a late fight with Tech3 on Miguel Oliveira.
The Ducati rider opted for the soft rain tires front and rear, while the victorious teammate Danilo Petrucci and runner-up Alex Marquez installed the center front on the Honda.
Ahead of second place, Suzuki's Alex Rins made sure that the middle rear end worked, while Avintia's Johann Zarco landed only four tenths behind Dovizioso in fifth place.
Dovizioso later admitted that he should have gone with the medium as he could "fight Danilo" but it is "too easy" to say that in retrospect.
"In the end we have to be happy because we get some points, but a bit disappointed because I think we paid for the tire choice," said Dovizioso.
"But now it's too easy to talk about because you can't know in 45 minutes how hard it will rain or if it will stop.
"So I had problems in the first part of the race because Danilo was very strong.
"He is so strong in this situation because his negative points in the dry are an advantage in the wet most of the time, because he creates a little more grip with his weight."
"I had problems, but I was able to be faster in the middle of the corners and when braking.
"But in the last 10 laps, when the water was almost zero, I finished the tire completely.
"At first I couldn't get out at the back like him, but at the front I was already at the limit and lap after lap it got worse.
"I blocked the front, I fell almost ten times. I tried to push to the end, I wanted to be on the podium and on the last lap I won a position on Oliveira.
"I'm happy about it, but a little disappointed because I was able to fight Danilo with another tire."
Dovizioso has closed the points gap to the ninth championship leader Fabio Quartararo, who was 24 points ahead of the French GP after his fall at the Catalan GP.
The Ducati rider says he can be "satisfied" but not "euphoric" and admits he has to "do more" if he is to make a serious title charge.
"When you live a season like this, leaving points isn't best," he added.
"Especially when you look at the points lost in Barcelona, that's annoying.
"But in the end this is the sport so we have to look ahead.
"You have to take a lot of risks, so it's very easy to go wrong.
"In the end, we have to be happier than angry.
"We have to do more, we know, but before Le Mans the gap was bigger.
"So we can't be euphoric, but we can be satisfied."
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