Is Aragon make or break for Dovizioso's MotoGP title hopes?
Baffled by grip issues in cool conditions on Friday at the Aragon Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso can ill-afford to let this form continue if he has any hope of being crowned champion in a 2020 season where he has too often been simply limiting the damage
Such has been the madness of this 2020 MotoGP world championship that four riders come into this weekend's Aragon Grand Prix covered by just 19 points. If anything, it would be fairer to consider the first Aragon race was round 9.1 given nothing really changed last time out at a wet Le Mans.
Although the gap covering the top four of Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales was 24 rather than 19 before the French GP, the weather conditions threw a curveball at the lead duo. Having never raced in the conditions in MotoGP, Quartararo was ninth, Mir 11th with Vinales in-between them after he was caught up in team-mate Valentino Rossi's first-lap crash.
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