At Portuguese Grand Prix
The second day of practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix was held today in good conditions, which once more allowed the JiR team to make yet more progress – especially in the race configuration of their Honda RC212V.
This progress was shown
by the excellent pace and awesome qualifying for Andrea Dovizioso as he put his machine on the third row with the seventh-best time of the day. He's now ready for the race, which the team expects will feature some fierce battles between the top riders.
Thanks to the hard work put in by Dovi's crew, everybody in the team is thinking positively for tomorrow's 28-lap race.
Cirano Mularoni – Team Manager, JiR Team Scot
“Every day when we take part in qualifying, we have to evaluate our results and really think about how technically we are working together as a team. For the race tomorrow I think we should maintain a very good pace and that Andrea can do even better than he has so far, so this means that we can think about the podium in a race, which will be very open and could provide some very different results. We start from the third row, close to the second in terms of time and this fact doesn't make us so happy but it's interesting to see how our performance is getting better race by race.”
Andrea Dovizioso – Best time: 7th - 1' 36.998
“Compared to yesterday in both the morning and afternoon sessions we improved the pace for the race and this is positive. Our pace is consistent but we need to do better and this is something that we will do! I know there is a gap up to the riders ahead, but we will make up this ground and tomorrow in the race as usual I will give my maximum. My goal was the second row and that's why I'm not so happy about today's result, so we have to work harder in qualifying. The confidence I have at this track and the familiarity with the layout helps me in any case better understand my RC212V. Of course this bike demands a totally different riding style compared to a 250. I worked with the team to produce some good results today with the electronic management system so that will help us to be competitive. We have a good handling package in the lower part of the track, but you have to have a much more delicate approach to it, thanks to the high-power output of my Honda bike. We may make some final changes to the setting in warm-up tomorrow and then we will be ready for the race.”
Gianni Berti – Technical Co-ordinator, JiR Team Scot
“We finally chose our technical package for the race, which allowed us to maintain a very consistent pace. I think from now we do expect to do even better in qualifying than we have so far this year. We have more confidence now and it allows us to think positive and look forward to a race in which we can be up there fighting for the podium.”
JiR Team Scot