Andrea Dovizioso makes brilliant debut in Indianapolis with 4th-best time The bad weather conditions of the first round of free practice of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis were certainly not ideal when riding an unknown circuit. Andrea Dovizioso...
Andrea Dovizioso makes brilliant debut in Indianapolis with 4th-best time
The bad weather conditions of the first round of free practice of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis were certainly not ideal when riding an unknown circuit. Andrea Dovizioso though had little problem with finding his way around the new circuit, posting as he did the fourth-best time on his and everyone else's debut on the track. The Italian rider also managed to stay in the top ten positions for the entire session. Besides the rain, conditions were challenging thanks to the various asphalt layers on the track with each giving different conditions of adhesion. This will make it challenging when it comes to the choice of tyres in view of a weekend that is expected to remain wet. In the second round of free practice, the JiR Team Scot squad will continue to work hard to identify the technical configuration that will best suit the demands of this new circuit.
Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot
"The debut on a new circuit is accompanied by several unknowns of a technical nature, and today in Indianapolis these unknowns have been even more complex to interpret because of the rain! Andrea has proven to adapt well to the track, and has successfully completed the first part of the day, which now will continue with work in the pits to configure an optimum setting for the race. Under these conditions, unfortunately, it will be difficult to know exactly which route to take!"
Andrea Dovizioso - Pilot JiR Team Scot MotoGP
4th time: 1'53 "704
"Today I had the confirmation of what I saw yesterday when walking the track. The new stretches of asphalt are slippery and crossing them makes the bike unstable. Also there's poor drainage, which means the many puddles - which are on the best line - make the bike aquaplane. The worst bits of the track are in the early part of the lap, with the first turn after the straight, where you're braking with the bike a little on its side and also it's bad at the chicane. The situation is the opposite with the old parts of track, as the surface offers good drainage and grip. The circuit has some slow corners which aren't exciting, and some which are fast which could be fun if it wasn't in the wet! We are looking at tyre solutions with Michelin but the choice will be difficult thanks to the different track surfaces, grip levels and with the rain. Either way we have been collecting a lot of data today."
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator JiR Team Scot
"We started with the most demanding weather conditions, with strong rain that during the session had stopped falling but which left the track wet. We're working hard to choose the tyres, but also to find the best setting for the bike. The first round of free practice was successfully completed and Andrea proved once more than he can learn a track quickly."