In second Qatar night test
The second evening of night testing at the Doha circuit saw the temperature range for the test sit below the 15 centigrade level by the time testing got underway for the final evening of the Doha test at the 3.344-mile Losail circuit.
the test, Andrea Dovizioso and his JiR Team Scot squad worked on finalising the race setting for the Honda RC212V machine with Andrea using Michelin qualifying tyres towards the end of the session.
Gianni Berti – Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot
“Today was an intense day for the team we were working hard and fine-tuning the race set-up on the bike. The whole technical package has been handled perfectly! All the people in the team have put the maximum effort forward and both Michelin and Showa have also helped very much and shown their motivation. The lowest temperature of the day was only seen in last part of the test day and we saw it much earlier that compared to yesterday. Eventually Andrea used qualifying tyres at the end of the session.”
Andrea Dovizioso – 70 laps completed - Best time: 6th - 1'55”550
“I was fast for the whole day and consistent! Our whole technical package has been finalised for the race and I was looking for the best lap time possible on the qualifying tyres even though we only used them in the last part of our test when we had low temperatures when the damp conditions were increasing. The racetrack temperature was lower compared to yesterday, but we didn't change our schedule. I'm satisfied with our Technical Partners they're doing a great job! We're leaving Qatar and looking forward to the race expecting to be up at the front!”
Pietro Caprara – Crew chief, JiR Team Scot
“Finally at the end of the test the team has achieved some important information and we're looking forward and are optimistic for the race on 9th March. We started one hour after the official start of the test as it was hot and we were not interested in taking part in a test when the temperature was such where we would not expect to see it in the race. Our pace for the race is consistent which is very positive.
The final tuning of the package that we have found with our Technical Partners has allowed us to improve and skirt over some little troubles that we have had with the front end of bike today. We're ready for the race, we know we are competitive and we will try to be there with the best.”
JiR Team Scot