At Donington Park
After a weekend of very differing weather conditions at the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship, today Donington Park was finally kissed by sunshine. Thankfully, stable weather conditions blessed the MotoGP race, which saw Andrea Dovizioso on
his Honda RC212V finish in fifth position for JiR Team Scot after a very strong race.
Starting from the second row of the grid in sixth position, Andrea was able to stay with the three leaders with Casey Stoner out front, who was pushing hard to make a gap on the following riders. For the whole race Andrea was able to be involved in some exciting battles with the likes of Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards. The final position of fifth is a result, which is very important for the World Championship in which the Italian rider maintains sixth place overall.
Gianluca Montiron – Team Director, JiR Team Scot : “The small amount of time at our disposal during practice to set up the bike in dry weather affected our overall result. Fifth position is representative of this. Andrea made a very good start and in the early laps he was able to maintain a very good rhythm. After this the middle part of the race saw other riders trying hard to reach the leaders and overall I want to say what Andrea achieved was very positive. We do not gain any positions in the World Championship classification, but the points achieved today were fundamental for the season ahead. We must continue like this and take each and every opportunity for points in the forthcoming rounds. Only working like this we can get the final result which we deserve.”
Andrea Dovizioso : “This fifth position is an important result for us and I'm happy about it. I made a good start, which allowed me to make a lot of overtaking and for some laps I was there with Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa. In the first part of the race I'm generally faster than other riders and this allows me to gain some positions straight after the start. Then Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards came back at me quite quickly. I was behind Nicky for a few laps but when I saw Colin arriving I decided to overtake him and improve my rhythm. It went well with Nicky as I passed him, but not so well with Colin who beat me to the chequered flag. I was able to maintain a good pace around 1m 29s but the bike showed the same little problem of balance that we had on Friday. In Assen at the next race it will be crucial and important to produce another good result like this one.”
Gianni Berti – Technical Co-ordinator : “The team did a good job today, as we did not have enough time to set up the bike for the dry conditions. In the wet we were ready, but Andrea was only in 13th position on Friday in the dry conditions, so this morning in the warm-up we tried to find the best settings possible and this translated to a fifth place in the race: in fact the warm-up represented for us our dry practice session. Andrea was able to interpret the race well, and he achieved this result by making a very good start as soon as the lights went out.”