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Dovizioso goes fifth quickest in Valencia GP qualifying to line up on row 2. Iannone in seventh will start one row behind


Andrea Dovizioso will start tomorrow’s Valencia Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia from the second row of the grid. The Italian rider clocked the fifth quickest time of 1’30.338 in this afternoon’s qualifying session, while his team-mate Andrea Iannone will start from the third row after setting seventh quickest time in 1’30.420.

This morning, at the end of FP3, both Ducati Team riders were classified inside the Top 10, with Dovizioso in fourth place and Iannone eighth, thus going through directly into Q2. The two Italian riders then went out on track for the thirty-minute afternoon FP4 session, which ended with Iannone fourth and Dovizioso ninth.

The final round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship will be held over thirty laps and the race will start at 14.00 CET.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’30.338 (5th)
“I’m satisfied with the work we did today because we focussed on race pace. Above all, in FP4 we used the same tyres as we had in the morning, and we picked up some important information about the tyre wear which will be useful tomorrow. In qualifying I did a good lap, for sure it wasn’t a perfect run, but I’m satisfied because it was vital to get onto the front two rows and we managed to do that. Now we’ll use the warm-up for fine-tuning and then in the race it’ll be essential to get a good start. Even though it’s not going to be easy, I feel sure we can fight for a podium place.”

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 1’30.420 (7th)
“I’m quite pleased with the way FP4 went and also in qualifying we managed to make a further improvement, but it wasn’t enough to be up there with the front guys. I’m still having a few physical problems and I’m unable to make the best of my strong point, which is above all cornering. Here at Valencia I’m struggling to be efficient in the corners with my bike and this is penalizing me a lot, but I will continue to work to work together with my team to improve for tomorrow’s race.”

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