Positive free practice for Andrea Dovizioso under the Italian rain
The sixth round of the MotoGP World championship at the Mugello circuit has seen the first day of free practice under very constant and heavy rain. Unfortunately only one part of the morning was dry for the riders and fans. Andrea Dovizioso came onto the track with his Honda RC212V in a new livery to mark his home Grand Prix. Adorning the front number-board was a personalized logo of Ride4Planet scheme. This is an initiative to safeguard the forests, which sees the JiR Team Scot and 4Planet united together for the occasion. The morning session had wet Tarmac, but then for the last laps Andrea was able to use slick tyres and got the sixth best time. In the afternoon under heavy rain the rider from Forli was again consistent and able to take a position of high ranking.
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot
"The rain that is usually considered a disturbing element, today has been a helpful experience for us in these particular conditions. The team has worked very well and Andrea was able to start strong, as we always know that he rides well in the rain. For tomorrow, the weather will be better and we will work to develop the bike for the race that should be under blue skies! Good weather and excellent racing should make this event a very great spectacle for the public."
Andrea Dovizioso - Rider JiR Team Scot MotoGP
"Today we did a good job and we are satisfied about the result because I was able to ride strong with good lap times and the feeling in the wet was constantly improving. I found Casey Stoner and followed him for a little while, seeing right lines to take around Mugello. It is also important to go well on the straight but there was a puddle, which created an aquaplane effect, which reduced the grip and made the risk of crashing high. I tried different solutions of Michelin tyres and after using a soft kind, we used another and I improved my feeling and my lap-times. I'm also happy because I made my run with a good safety margin without pushing to the limit very much. The weather forecast says the next few days will be better but today was very important because I rode in very difficult conditions but this has been an important experience for the next time."
Gianni Berti - Technical Co-ordinator JiR Team Scot
"Today we focused our practice sessions on the Michelin tyres to identify the best technical choice for us on the wet Tarmac. During the morning we started with rain but at the end it was dry. Because of this, it was very tricky conditions on the damp but drying asphalt. We didn't work on the setting of the chassis but we used the base setting we normally use to start the weekend on and the result satisfied us."