Dovizioso: Lorenzo in front 'helped me'
13 November 2017 – Andrea Dovizioso says having Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo run in front of him during the Valencian Grand Prix actually "helped me", amid team order controversy.
Dovizioso climbed from ninth to fifth at the start of Sunday's title decider, tucked up behind Lorenzo, with championship leader Marc Márquez holding second.
As the race developed, Ducati sent several messages to Lorenzo from the pit wall, in an attempt to swap positions, but he held firm, ahead of Dovizioso.
Shortly after Márquez ran wide at Turn 1 and rejoined in fifth, Lorenzo and Dovizioso crashed out, ensuring that a fourth MotoGP title went to the Repsol Honda rider.
Dovizioso made clear that he "tried everything" to win and would not pin any blame on his team-mate for missing out on the championship.
"We weren't as quick as Márquez, but we fought to the very end," said Dovizioso.
"I pushed hard right from the first lap, I didn't make any mistakes and I put myself in the right position but unfortunately I didn't have many cards to play.
"At the start I thought I could pass Jorge, but there were some points where I was losing and others were I was gaining: in the end staying behind him helped me ride in a smoother way, so it was positive.
"We were all at the limit, even Marc who managed to save himself once again from a crash, and I want to congratulate him because also this year he managed to make the difference."
Dovizioso expressed pride in his season, despite falling short of the title.
"At any rate I'm very happy with this season," he said.
"I want to thank all the guys in the team, Ducati and all those who gave their support because our season has been over the top, full of satisfaction."