Chinese GP: JiR Team Scot preview

JiR Team Scot heads to Shanghai, to be protagonist again From Europe to China, JiR Team Scot heads to the fourth round of the 2008 championship, which will be held on the Shanghai circuit. This track is characterised by being a technical circuit...

JiR Team Scot heads to Shanghai, to be protagonist again

From Europe to China, JiR Team Scot heads to the fourth round of the 2008 championship, which will be held on the Shanghai circuit. This track is characterised by being a technical circuit and a magnificent venue. Both JiR Team Scot riders after only three races gone so far this season, head to China with a positive mental attitude and the motivation to consolidate and improve upon the work done so far this year. Andrea Dovizioso on his Honda RC212V has confirmed his reputation as a fast and hard rider and he carries to China a lot of motivation to repeat and improve upon his previous good performances. Yuki Takahashi on the Honda RS250RW wants to improve on his good start to the season and head closer to the top of the results sheets as well as make up for his injury-hit 2007 season. The MotoGP circus will be back in Europe for the next six races following the Chinese event.

Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot

"I think the first few events have shown the value of JiR Team Scot, its riders and all the team, even if we're still a little short of the results we want and deserve. In this season's campaign we can see - more than ever - that there are more and more riders capable of racing at the front and finishing on the podium. Having so many protagonists to the title ups the level of the competition and increases the entertainment for the public. JiR Team Scot maybe an outsider from the top group, but we are going to make that jump from the middle of the pack."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot

"We go to Shanghai with a very positive attitude from what our riders have done and the talent shown in the first few races - and this counts for a lot. If you look at the technical layout and configuration of the Shanghai track, you can see that we may not be favourites thanks to the long straight, but as always we head to China with the attitude that we will do our best and use our technical package in the best way possible to get the highest result we can. Andrea and Yuki will work hard as usual with the team to develop the settings of their bikes and I trust in the ability of all the team, riders and technicians, to get the results we deserve on Sunday."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP
Honda RC212V

"I'm heading to China with a real awareness of my potential. The last race at Estoril finished early for me, but running so near the front confirmed to me the good start to the season we had shown before. The Monday after the Estoril test was very important for us and it gave us much-needed crucial data. The Shanghai circuit is quite particular and it is difficult and has plenty of technical points. There are two long straights, but also some fast and slow corners, which I enjoy very much. We are going there with a new bike, so there are plenty of unknowns, but I'm heading east full of optimism!"

Yuki Takahashi - Rider, JiR Team Scot 250GP
Honda RS250RW

"The first three races have been pretty positive for us. This good start to the season will push me to continue to improve at China, as this will be another chance to put in a good result. Looking at the track, I say that I will have to use the slipstream down those two long straights as they represent very crucial parts of the circuit for us. Meanwhile, in the corners we will be more equally balanced with the other machines. To finish here with a good result will be important, as it will give us a good base and championship position for the next six European races. I think that together as a team we will get a good result this weekend."

Shanghai Circuit
Circuit length: 5451m (3.387 miles)
Main straight: 1175m (0.730 miles)
Width: 14m
Pole Position: Left - right corners: 7 - left corners: 7

MotoGP
Lap record: 1'59"318 D. Pedrosa 2006 (Honda)
Pole Position: 1'58"424 V. Rossi 2007 (Yamaha)
Chinese Grand Prix 2007 - Results:
1st Casey Stoner (Ducati) - 2nd Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) - 3rd John Hopkins (Suzuki)


250cc
Lap Record: 2'06"865 A. Dovizioso 2006 (Honda)
Pole Position: 2'04"543 J. Lorenzo 2007 (Aprilia)
Chinese Grand Prix 2007 - Result:
1st Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) - 2nd Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) - 3rd Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Alvaro Bautista , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Yuki Takahashi