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Ducati's rear swingarm caught in controversy.

Tribune News Network DOHA The MotoGP 2019 season lung-opener -- the VisitQatar Grand Prix -- was caught in controversy as riders from four teams protested against Andrea Dovizioso's victory for Mission Winnow Ducati Team due to use of rear swingarm. At the Losail International Circuit on Sunday, the Italian Dovizioso edged defending world champion Marc Marquez narrowly to post his second back-to-back triumph. But the aerodynamic devices on the rear swing arm of Ducati machinery ridden by Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati Team) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) drew protests. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Repsol Honda Team and Team Suzuki Ecstar are the teams who raised objections. The FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel had initially rejected the protests on the basis of the guidelines and regulations currently in force. The panel later referred the case to the MotoGP Court of Appeals in order to attain more information regarding the issue. The Ducati bikes had also used the holeshot device and it proved to be quite helpful for Dovizioso and Miller as they hit the front going into the Turn1. Dovizioso even commented about the holeshot device, "Yes... It was good, but maybe for Jack even better." Dovizioso, while enjoying his victory after some thrilling duels with Marquez and Alex Rins of Suzuki Ecstar, "I'm super happy about this win, especially because after the tests I wouldn't have expected to be so fast. We stayed focused and we made progress in each session. Our strategy in the race was simply to preserve the tyre, and this made the difference, but it wasn't easy because I led for most of the race and I couldn't really study my opponents. "Marquez gave it everything he could, as usual, and pushed me to the limit. We made the most of our strenghths, that is, acceleration and top speed, but we still need to improve our corner speed. This year there are plenty of quick riders and it'll be crucial not to lose too many points on less favorable tracks. We need to keep our feet on the ground and continue working in this direction."

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
Date:Mar 12, 2019
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