For first MotoGP race of 2008
Tonight's very important qualifying session for the first MotoGP race of the season produced a lot of expectation and also came with some big surprises. Andrea Dovizioso, heading towards his first start in the MotoGP championship, gains a third
row position for tomorrow's race.
Obviously JiR Team Scot wanted more than that with their previous testing form around the Losail circuit, but the atmosphere in the garage is serene ahead of tomorrow's 22-lap race because their pace in race trim is very consistent and at a high level. In any case the third row looks is very special as the three riders on it have 11 world titles between them!
Gianluca Montiron – Team Director, JiR Team Scot
“For team and rider this is the first qualifying session and we are on the third row and we are verifying the technical configuration of the bike for the race. This allows us to think enthusiastically for the race and for the rhythm of the race. This means that overall we have a positive evaluation for the official start of the season. Therefore we have to look at the race tomorrow with confidence because the team is very good, it's working well together, we know our capability and the strategy we have used to move forward has produced good results.”
Cirano Mularoni – Team Manager, JiR Team Scot
“Obviously our ambition was a little higher from what the stopwatch finally showed us today, but our prospects for tomorrow are very positive as technically we have found the right configuration for the race and the general balance of the bike is good. In the warm-up we also will see different climatic conditions so we will work on the final tuning of the bike. In any case, we always work thinking of the performance over a full race distance and not a single lap. One thing is sure, is that we have to increase our performance on qualifying tyres!”
Andrea Dovizioso – Best time: 9th - 1' 55”185
“During free practice we decided to try some solution which didn't give us the expected results and in qualifying trim with qualifying tyres we were not in the best condition to use the maximum potential of those soft tyres. A small lack of confidence in the front qualifying tyre didn't give me chance to use the incredible potential of the rear tyre. We're going to work on that as we have the chance to do much better. For the race we're in good shape, which I think will allow us to be consistent.
Obviously starting from the third row is not the best, but I hope to run up the front as soon as I can in the early laps. Warm-up will be helpful to work a little more on suspension settings and get better stability in braking, which is the thing I need to sort out as it's proved a little complicated to solve. I will start very relaxed as I'm convinced the tyre choice I made for 22-lap race and my setting in race configuration will give me massive confidence for the race itself.”
JiR Team Scot