It will be a front row start for Andrea Dovizioso in the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix, which is being held this weekend at the Buriram circuit. The Ducati Team rider, fastest in both the morning’s FP3 session and FP4 in the afternoon, then went third quickest in the all-important Q2 run with a best time of 1’30.227, just a fraction behind poleman Marquez and Rossi.
Following yesterday’s crash in FP2 his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on the other hand did not go out on track today. The results of the scan he underwent in Buriram hospital revealed that the Spanish rider, as well as the bruising to his right ankle and his left wrist, also suffered a hairline fracture of the distal radius of his left arm. In agreement with medical staff and his team, Jorge decided not to take part in today’s sessions and tomorrow’s race so as not to incur any further risks and to try and recover with the aim of being 100% fit for the GP of Japan in two weeks’ time.
The Thailand GP, which will be run over a distance of 26 laps, will get underway tomorrow at 09.00 CET (14.00 local time).
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 3rd (1’30.227)
“Qualifying went really well: my goal was to start from the front row and on this type of track that’s never easy. I knew that we were quick enough, but putting in a clean lap when there are many riders out there is always complicated and so I’m satisfied with that. We have worked very well over these last two days: yesterday morning in FP1 I didn’t have a good feeling and instead now we’re amongst the riders with the best pace, even though tomorrow in the race we won’t be able to push that hard because we have to try and manage the tyre wear in the best way.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99)
“After my crash and the results of yesterday’s final tests, I decided in agreement with the team and the doctors to not take part anymore in this weekend’s race at Buriram. The CT scan revealed a hairline fracture in my left wrist and, in view of the condition I was when I arrived and the way I’m feeling now, I think it’s better I don’t race here in Thailand and try and recover as much as possible for the next GP in Japan. I feel really bad for the team but, also in consideration of my situation in the championship, it wouldn’t make sense to take any further risks so I think I’ve made the right decision.”
Saturday, 06 October 2018 19:52 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Ducati in Thailand
Lorenzo has had a run of three consecutive poles positions, something he hasn’t done for six years and something that hasn’t happened for Ducati since 2008 with Stoner.
Dovizioso's second place in Aragón was his fourth consecutive podium and his best-ever run of results of his entire sporting career: he has two victories, a second and a third, for a total of 86 points out of a possible 100.
Ducati is familiar with victory at the Chang International Circuit, as they won the second Superbike race this year with Chaz Davies.
Dovizioso’s Ducati reached 334.30 Km/h during the pre-season test, which was the highest speed recorded at the Buriram track.
Thailand is hosting a GP for the first time in history. It is being held at the Chang International Circuit which has the moniker ‘The destination of speed.’ The name of the circuit comes from its main sponsor, Chang Beer.
The layout has a total of 12 corners and 7 braking points, with two very different areas. The first half consists of long straights and ‘stop & go’ style braking, and the second half is a series of connecting corners.
The strongest braking occurs coming into turn 3, which goes from 330 km/h to 75 km/h over a distance of 240 meters in 5.5 seconds.
The straight that leads to turn 3 is 1,000 meters long, making it the 5th longest of the entire calendar, behind COTA, Mugello, Argentina and Montmeló.
The asphalt temperature, which can reach 60ºC, is one of the most worrisome factors, since the tyres can reach over 150ºC which causes them to lose grip, skid, and rise in temperature even more.
1’29.781 is the fastest lap by a MotoGP machine at the Buriram track.
0.948 seconds separated the first and the 16th finisher in the pre-season tests.
The Thai circuit is located in the small town of Buriram, 410 km northeast of Bangkok. The name of the city means "City of Happiness".
Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:34 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Honda leads Ducati and Suzuki as the Championship leader takes home win ahead of Dovizioso and Iannone in a classic Aragon contest.
Sunday, 23 September 2018 10:18 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The factory Ducati Team riders powered to the top two positions on the grid in this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Aragon Grand Prix. At the end of an exciting 15-minute run, Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the pole in the final seconds with a time of 1’46.881, just a fraction ahead of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
Saturday, 22 September 2018 17:42 Published in Rider and Team Releases
- Andrea Dovizioso is now in second position in the championship, thanks to his victory at the San Marino GP.
- Lorenzo has two victories in Aragón (2014 and 2015) and he has been on the podium seven times in this race. With the exception of 2010 when he lost third place to Hayden, he has always finished in the top three. He is the rider with the most podiums at this track.
- Lorenzo has now set two consecutive pole positions, something he has not done since the 2013 season.
- Lorenzo finished third last year after leading the race for 13 laps. It was the second time he was on the podium with the Ducati. He currently has a total of 7 podiums with the Italian bike, 3 of them wins.
- The only Aragon GP that was held in the rain at MotorLand was in 2014, and the winner was Lorenzo after changing the bike with just 4 laps to go.
- Dovizioso’s best result at Aragon was the third place he scored in 2012 after a tough battle with Cal Crutchlow.
- The first ever victory in Motorland was by Casey Stoner on a Ducati. It was in 2010 and the Australian led the race from the first corner, while his teammate, Nicky Hayden, finished third.
- Crutchlow’s first podium with the Ducati also came at this GP.
- Hayden’s podium on the Ducati in the 2010 Aragon GP was the last podium achieved by the American rider in dry conditions.
- Andrea Iannone (Ducati) holds the top speed record at Aragon with 345.8 km/h, which he set in 2015.
- The circuit record is held by Lorenzo with a time of 1'48.120.
- There have been eight GPs held in Aragon, and four different riders have managed to win. Márquez has won it three times, Lorenzo and Stoner twice and Pedrosa once.
- At the end of the front straight, the riders go from 300 km/h to 91 km/h coming into the first corner. They use a braking distance of 236 meters over 5.4 seconds, making it the corner that has the most deceleration, although the strongest braking occurs in turn 16 where riders exert a force of 6 kg on the brake lever over 277 meters of braking.
- The riders are under braking 28% of the time in a total of 11 braking zones.
- There are seven corners where speeds drop to 85 km/h or less with turn 9 being the slowest of all. Speeds here go down to 72 km/h. In spite of this, first gear is not used at any point on the track other than the start of the race.
- Motorland has a chicane in the style of Laguna Seca and thus it is also known as the Corkscrew due to the race line it presents and the difference between the highest point and the corner exit.
- The longest straight is the back straight with a length of 968 meters, where speeds exceed 340 km/h.
- The circuit of Aragon is located in the municipality of Alcañiz, in the province of Teruel. Alcañiz is the capital of Bajo Aragón and has a population of 16,500 inhabitants.
Friday, 21 September 2018 11:42 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Andrea Dovizioso dominated the San Marino GP, round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship, which was held today at the Misano circuit in Italy. At his home race, the rider from Forlì started from row 2, then overtook his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to move into the lead on the sixth lap. He held the position right until the end of the race, taking the chequered flag 2.8 seconds ahead of Marquez.
Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:05 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Two weeks after his Silverstone pole, Jorge Lorenzo has done it once again at the Misano Adriatico circuit by setting a new outright track record during the second qualifying session. His time of 1’31.629 means the Spanish rider has now set three poles this season, taking the Ducati Team up to a total of 40 pole positions in the Italian manufacturer’s history in MotoGP.
Sunday, 09 September 2018 11:36 Published in Rider and Team Releases
After lengthy delays, the decision was finally made to cancel the 2018 GoPro British Grand Prix at Silverstone with the heavy rain failing to drain from the track surface, with the premier class riders and Race Direction deeming it unsafe for any races to take place on Sunday.
Sunday, 26 August 2018 13:47 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Fantastic performance by Ducati Team riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso to take pole position and second place in British Grand Prix qualifying
The Ducati Team riders had a brilliant day in difficult conditions at Silverstone today, with Jorge Lorenzo setting pole position in Q2 ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in second place.
Sunday, 26 August 2018 13:43 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Bradley Smith enjoyed his most effective qualification session in Red Bull KTM colours and will sit in the middle of the third row of the grid for his home Grand Prix at Silverstone tomorrow while Loris Baz, a late replacement for the still injured Pol Espargaro, rode to 18th in his second day of action with the KTM RC16.
Sunday, 26 August 2018 13:40 Published in Rider and Team Releases