The weekend of the Czech Republic Grand Prix has ended with a race that threw the usual form-book into disarray.
Andrea Dovizioso after two days of intensive work, which was broken by unstable weather conditions that complicated work in the garage, made the
most of the materials and technical package at his disposal.
With determination from fourteenth position on the grid, the Honda of JiR Team Scot moved up to ninth place by the chequered flag.
In the championship Andrea sits in fifth overall and took another point off Jorge Lorenzo in fourth.
Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot
“After this weekend we must give merit and praise for Andrea and the team's efforts for their hard work. Andrea himself has demonstrated once again his technical skills, and his ability to interpret, and adapt his style of riding to the package at his disposal. He has shown himself to be a great professional, both inside and outside of the MotoGP world. In the end, we gained points that bring us closer to what could be our end goal of the season, which is fourth place in championship standings.”
Andrea Dovizioso - 9th position, 13th-best time: 1'59 "368
”My goal for the race was to be the first Michelin rider home, which is what I have achieved, but things were too difficult to do better. I started fully motivated and wanting to give the maximum and exploit fully the material at our disposal, but today I cannot be satisfied with the result.
I had difficulty with the front tyre and was forced to change my style of riding, which meant not being able to exploit my speed in the corners. I had to stop hard and fire the bike out of the corners, rather than have a smoother style. This difficulty penalised us in the race.”
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot
“In the light of practice results and the course of the race, the result today was determined by the performance of tyres. Despite all the best efforts of the team and with us trying to continually improve things, the performance gap we suffered from could not be bridged. We are now preparing for the next Grand Prix at Misano with relative optimism but – as always – very motivated.”
JiR Team Scot