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MotoGP 2013: Ducati Desmosedici Still off Pace Despite Dovizioso’s Qualifier

Andrea Dovizioso shocked everyone by qualifying fourth-fastest for the opening race of the 2013 MotoGP season in Qatar—just .009s off the front row.It was then equally surprising to see him rapidly fall down the order after just one lap of the race on his way to a seventh-place finish.The element of Italy's two-wheeled pride and joy that has frustrated Casey Stoner, nearly ruined Valentino Rossi and now torments Dovizioso is understeer.Understeer manifests itself in the Desmosedici by pushing it off its line in the corners.This problem is compounded by the Desmo's other major flaw—a lack of grip from the rear tire once it begins to wear.Dovizioso, wisely, is less concerned with the latter as long the the former persists (per Mot...

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