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MotoGP, Pernat: Dovizioso played cat and mouse

"To win the title, you need to be cold, and Andrea is, more than anyone else, but no-one is as strong as Marquez" 

MotoGP: Pernat: Dovizioso played cat and mouse

Lord Dovi, King Dovi, call him what you will. The Italian has done it again, winning the race at Silverstone and taking the championship lead in the process. He couldn't have done any better on a day in which Marc Marquez was let down by the Honda.

Silverstone saw Yamaha make a comeback, with both Vinales and Rossi on the podium ahead of Crutchlow on the Honda and Lorenzo on the Ducati.

Here's what went down at round twelve through the eyes of Carlo Pernat.

Dovi played cat and mouse, it was the best all-round race – reveals the manager - he and all of us realised on lap six, when he passed Marquez, that he had something more. It was a tactical win, fantastic, he might never admit it but suffering last year with Iannone has helped him to grow. This has allowed him to take a big step forward – adds Pernat - of course the Ducati is also dominating thanks to Gigi Dall’Igna. He is doing an incredible job, all eyes are on him”.

Vinales and Rossi were back in the positions that count at Silverstone: “It was an important crossroads for Yamaha – comments Pernat - they were able to put two riders on the podium, keeping the championship alive. Of course this was also due in part to Honda - he continues - that engine failure was strange. Despite three zeros, Marquez is still second and I think he's the strongest rider overall. These four riders will definitely be battling it out for the title”.

Someone who failed to shine last weekend was Pedrosa: “I expected more from Dani, he's the same rider as ever, with highs and lows, he's not a title contender – explains Pernat - he can win a few hands but he won't win the championship. At this point, it is the coldness of a rider that counts and Dovi is the coldest of all  – he concludes -  Andrea can win again, already at Misano, where he and Vale are fighting on home turf and where Marquez has always been strong”.

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Translated by Heather Watson

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