French GP: JiR Team Scot race report

Andrea Dovizioso rides another strong and determined race at Le Mans After two days of hard work in practice to find the best technical package, Andrea Dovizioso started from 10th on the grid today and once more was able to move back up the ...

Andrea Dovizioso rides another strong and determined race at Le Mans

After two days of hard work in practice to find the best technical package, Andrea Dovizioso started from 10th on the grid today and once more was able to move back up the rankings and finish the race in 6th position. It was a race as usual with a lot of determination, with some very close riding and it proved to be a difficult race thanks to a collision with Yamaha's James Toseland. Thankfully the JiR Team Scot rider was able to remain in the race but the clash cost the Italian rider a lot of precious time. The end of the race for Dovi was again a battle, this time for 5th position with Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen.

Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot

"Starting from the fourth row of the grid did not help Andrea today and he had to manage and handle a race trying to reach the head of the pack showing again his strength and determination during the race. Our pace in the race showed us once more that we are in the condition to stay with some of the best riders in the world, and Andrea's position at the chequered flag was very important for us to get more points and move up in the championship rankings. For the team and Andrea today has been a very important race to increase our experience and move forward."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
Final position 6th, 7th fastest lap: 1'34".727

"Today I didn't start very well and at the beginning of the race it was hard to gain positions, but I was soon moving through the field when I caught up with James Toseland. We overtook each other a few times, but when I was in one of the downhill corners, I was accelerating when James hit me very hard from behind. Thank God I didn't crash but his front tyre hit my body and my leather suit shows marks from his tyre and also the bike has some black rubber marks on the rear part of it. For this reason I lost a lot of time and probably without this fact I could have done even better by the end of the race. We have to do better in qualifying - we know that - and also work to have a better pace in the race."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot

"This weekend in Le Mans was one in which the team did a very good job. Throughout the days of practice the team worked to find a better balance of the bike and we were all hoping for a better result even if we started from a bad position on the grid, but the event during the race took us a little bit farther back from the target. In any case we had a positive result at the end and we can think on doing better than this if in the qualifying sessions we can improve our performance and do a better time. This is the main target: to start from a position which allows us to control a race rather than attacking from behind."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers James Toseland , Chris Vermeulen , Andrea Dovizioso