With a fine 4th place at the Catalan GP
The Spanish weekend ended in satisfaction for the JiR Team Scot squad.
The huge amount of work done by the team during the previous days brought a superb final result of a fighting fourth place for the silver Honda in a great
race, the same result as he did in first race of the year in Qatar.
In the race Andrea showed a high degree of maturity against the best riders in the world. Fast straight away from the third row of the grid, Andrea was in second position at the end of lap one, just behind Dani Pedrosa who began to pull away leaving the other riders behind. Andrea found himself with Stoner, Rossi and Edwards with all the riders covered by just one second, but soon the group spread out with half the race still to go and with the final result still in doubt. The big event for Andrea in the race was when Valentino Rossi made a pass on Casey Stoner, which left Andrea half-a-second behind, but Andrea in turn put a gap into Colin Edwards to keep a safe fourth place.
For JiR Team Scot this was an important result in terms of the World Championship ranking which now shows Andrea in sixth position.
Gianluca Montiron – Director JiR Team Scot
“Today's result is very positive for us. We were able to complete the task we had set ourselves which was to get some good points for the World Championship. My congratulations to the team, who put Andrea in a position to do the very maximum and congratulations to Andrea who was able to maintain the pace of the leaders during the whole race. He is quietly gaining positions in the World Championship and the next two races at Donington and Assen are very important. He's getting so much more experience and today in Spain he raced with the leaders. As we reach the half-way point in the series we want to be inside the top five in the championship.”
Andrea Dovizioso – 4th position: 7th fastest lap: 1'42”.
“This was a great race which gave me a lot of satisfaction. Since practice I tested many starts to be ready to go when the red lights went off which is why I had such a good start so I was able to be fast to be able to gain some positions. This is why at the end of lap one I was second. Dani was incredibly fast today, but I was able to stay with Valentino and Casey and was able to keep that pace. The level of competition was very high but when Vale passed Stoner I lost half a second and sadly I was not able to regain this time. Fourth is the same result as Qatar, but the value of this race is different: that was my first MotoGP race but now I have more experience, so this is why I'm looking at improved race-by race results. If I hadn't lost that half-second I could have fought for the podium and the final satisfaction could have been even bigger. Either way, I'm very happy as even when I was alone I was able to maintain a good rhythm and this is good. I want to thank the team for the excellent technical package we had today!”
Cirano Mularoni – Team Manager JiR Team Scot
“My compliments to the team who were able to work very well especially when it was necessary to be strong and determined. We knew we could achieve these results and the good result today is making everybody happy! Andrea was able to use the Technical Package from Honda and Michelin very well indeed and he was fast and consistent even when he was alone, maintaining position in fourth. We are now working hard in this direction and we can do better as this is important for the final World Championship ranking.”
JiR Team Scot