Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth as a rare Cal Crutchlow mistake drops the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider to fifth.

For the third race in a row in the new 1000cc MotoGP World Championship category, fans were thrilled by an exciting inter-team duel between Dovizioso and Crutchlow for fourth position.

The pair were barely split by more than just a couple of tenths throughout the 28-lap race, with British rider Crutchlow holding the early advantage going in search of his third straight fourth place finish.

Stopping the bike was also a bit of a problem and it felt like I was having to push a lot harder than the four in front of me to run the times

But it was Dovizioso who prevailed with a display full of determination and skill once he seized fourth place from Crutchlow with a clinical overtake at the first corner on lap five.

Crutchlow shadowed the former 125cc World Champion for the remainder of the race but despite exerting intense pressure, Dovizioso rode a faultless race to ensure he finished top non-factory rider to collect 13 valuable World Championship points.

Today's result means Crutchlow remains in fourth place in the overall rankings on 37-points, with Dovizioso just two-points further back in fifth. Dovizioso and Crutchlow's brilliant consistency also helped the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team strengthen its position in third place in the Team World Championship standings heading to the squad's vital home race in Le Mans on May 20.

Andrea Dovizioso 4th – 35 points:
“I am very satisfied with my performance in today's race and particularly with the pace I could run because I was very fast and consistent throughout. It is a good way to end the weekend because a few small problems on Friday and Saturday meant we could not work as much as we would have liked to improve the bike. I am happy because the target this weekend was to reduce the gap to the fastest and we managed to achieve that. But the fact I could keep the speed for 28-laps that I was not able to find in practice is a very positive point. It is a good fourth place but there's no doubt starting from third on the grid hampered me at the beginning of the race because I couldn 't even try to stay with the leading group. Maybe it would have been closer or maybe we could have even been with Pedrosa, but we will never know. Now I am looking forward to racing in Le Mans because it is the home race of the Tech 3 Team and it is also a raced sponsored by Monster Energy, so everybody has a lot of motivation to do well.”

Cal Crutchlow 5th – 37 points:
“I'm pretty happy with fifth place but I would like to have been a bit closer to the top three like I was in Jerez. Fair play to Andrea because he rode a great race once he passed me early on and it didn't matter how much pressure I put on him, he never cracked. I certainly couldn't have done anything else to try and pass him but it is another top five finish and I am still fourth in the points. I had a couple of issues, which didn't help me. I knew rear grip was going to be an issue in the race and that's how it turned out. I'm not really sure why so we will have to have a close look at the data to understand this. Stopping the bike was also a bit of a problem and it felt like I was having to push a lot harder than the four in front of me to run the times.  But it was a good race with Andrea and we have carried on the momentum from the first two races and now we can look forward to Le Mans. That's a massive weekend for Monster and Tech 3 Yamaha, so I'll be determined to be back fighting for the podium again.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager: “That's three races now in 2012 that have been exciting but also nerve-wracking to watch as the manager of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. On one hand I want to see all the races like t his with Andrea and Cal battling inside the top five, but it is always tense when they are fighting so hard together. But credit to both of them because they delivered another fantastic double result for Tech 3 and today confirmed how strong our line-up is in 2012 and how competitive the Yamaha YZR-M1 package is. I'm really happy for Andrea because I think a few times this season he has been quite unlucky but he needed to be riding at his best to keep Cal at bay today. We knew that Cal was never going to give him a moment to relax but he dealt with that pressure extremely well. It was another great ride by Cal today and a measure of how far he has come to be battling again comfortably inside the top five. Clearly I think for the whole team it's very exciting to see us being so competitive. We are fighting at the front in every session and every race and keeping Yamaha and our sponsors happy, which is vitally important. Now we look forward to our home race in France where we will arrive higher in the Championship than we have ever been going to Le Mans. We are excited and hoping to perform for the French fans as we have in the first three races.”

Matt Shine reporting from Estoril

Results
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Repsol Honda Team 45'37.513
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 1.421
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 3.621
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Yamaha Tech3 + 13.846
5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha Tech3 + 16.690
6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda Gresini + 21.884
7. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Ducati Team + 26.797
8. Ben Spies (USA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 33.262
9. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda + 35.867
10. Hector Barbera (SPA) Pramac Racing Team + 53.363
11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team + 1'02.630
12. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1'20.736
13. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1'23.483
14. Michele Pirro (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1'37.905
15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project After 1 lap
16. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing Not classified (5 laps)
17. James Ellison (UK) Paul Bird Motorsport Not classified (10 laps)
18. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Avintia Racing Not classified (12 laps)
19. Mattia Pasini (ITA) Speed Master Not classified (17 laps)
20. Ivan Silva (SPA) Avintia Racing Not classified (17 laps)

Championship Standings
1 Casey Stoner (AUS) Repsol Honda Team 66
2 Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 65
3 Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 52
4 Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha Tech3 37
5 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Yamaha Tech3 35
6 Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda Gresini 29
7 Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda 24
8 Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 23
9 Valentino Rossi (ITA) Ducati Team 22
10 Hector Barbera (SPA) Pramac Racing Team 19
11 Ben Spies (USA) Yamaha Factory Racing 18
12 Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 9
13 Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 6
14 Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 4
15 Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 3
16 Yonny Hernandez (COL) Avintia Racing 2
17 Michele Pirro (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 2
18 Mattia Pasini (ITA) Speed Master 2
19 Ivan Silva (SPA) Avintia Racing 1


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