MotoGP title already decided, Andrea Dovizioso has lost his chance – Cal Crutchlow

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow reckons the 2019 MotoGP Championship has already been decided, despite being less than half way through the season.

Honda's Marc Marquez has taken five wins and three second places in nine events, giving him a 58-point lead over nearest challenger Andrea Dovizioso with just one win and a single second place.

Crutchlow doesn't believe Dovizioso is riding as well as he has in the past, whereas Marquez is "better than ever", therefore he's not expecting anything to change in the final ten races.

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"To me, it's finished," the British rider said of the championship. "[Dovizoso's] not riding as well as last year, I believe. I don't know what's going on inside the garage, I don't know the bike he is riding, etc.

"If you look at him two years ago, not even last year, I think he was in a stronger moment than he is now. But I think Dovi rides better when he doesn't ride for the championship, when he goes for the race wins.

"I think Dovi has lost his way. And it's quite clear to see, to be honest. In general, in the last races he's not been so fast. In many of the practices, I think he has more lost the way, and he's not using the bike's strengths.

"Dovi's a fantastic and great rider, a good friend of mine, but the tracks where he could have taken advantage of Marc, I think he's lost that opportunity.

"Hopefully he can go a little bit faster, because we need the championship to be better than the points difference is at the moment.

"All credit to Marc, he's riding better this year than he's ever ridden before because I don’t think the bike in some areas is as good. He’s making it work."