Today I am happy!
Andrea Dovizioso concluded the weekend of the Malaysian Grand Prix by climbing for the first time onto a MotoGP podium after battling hard in a long race.
When the lights went out, the JiR Team Scot rider made a good start, slotting into third
position behind Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi at the first corner.
The duel for the third step of the podium was a fierce one between Nicky Hayden and Andrea. The JiR Team Scot rider held the upper-hand until a few laps from the end when Nicky launched an attack, passing Andrea frequently, but the Italian replied blow-for-blow.
For Andrea and JiR Team Scot this first podium has the taste of victory in a season full of satisfaction and hard work, where they have exploited to the full the satellite Honda RC212V package. Andrea is now firmly in fifth place in the ranking, 17 points ahead of Hayden as they look to the final round in Valencia.
Gianluca Montiron Director JiR Team Scot
"A fitting tribute to Andrea who made a good race and also to the team that worked so hard throughout the weekend. After a good start Andrea was able to defend his position until the end, collecting his first podium. This has been a weekend that has certainly increased his experience. In the championship ranking we are the first among the Honda customer teams, and this is also representative of the excellent work of our Team.
Andrea Dovizioso 3rd position, 7th Time: 2'02 "881
"Today I am happy! The first podium in MotoGP, after so much work in a season full of satisfaction: this is important for me and for my team.
I wanted to give other podiums to the team but I hope that this will repay them for all the work done this year, but it is also a thanks for the seven years that we have competed together. With the Scot Team I won the world 125cc championship and we wanted to achieve something spectacular, given that next year I will be in the works HRC Repsol Honda team. The race was hard and after a good start, Valentino and Dani gained ground, while Nicky I were left behind. I led alone, focusing on myself, because I had no references in front and felt the approach of Nicky's Honda going into every turn! When I saw the group behind, I realised my situation and realised that I could not afford to make the slightest mistake. I made the most of the tyres, which in these conditions slid a lot, and I had to drive hard by picking the bike up out of the corners early. Over the last few laps I was passed by Nicky but I managed to finish ahead and finally realise my podium finish. Thanks again to everyone on my team as every one of them has always been close to me and supportive."
Cirano Mularoni Team Manager JiR Team Scot
"For this season we set two goals for the championship: fifth overall and the final position on the podium at a race or two. Today we managed to seize the result that we lacked for the whole season, but one that we have repeatedly almost been able to touch! Andrea ran a great race, continually defending his third place in difficult weather conditions, which have severely tested his physical endurance. Special thanks must also go to the Team that has worked well throughout the weekend. Giovanni Torri the president of the Scot Group has also congratulated Andrea and the whole Team."