Andrea Dovizioso ready for another top five finish at Motegi After the final day of testing for the Japanese Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso will start from the fifth row of the grid with the daunting prospect of moving up through the field to...
Andrea Dovizioso ready for another top five finish at Motegi
After the final day of testing for the Japanese Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso will start from the fifth row of the grid with the daunting prospect of moving up through the field to finish in the top five. During the free practice sessions the JiR Team Scot rider has managed to develop his Honda RC212V with the aim of being able to do consistent lap times. On a track that commits both bike and the rider during both braking and acceleration, Andrea Dovizioso is confident he can achieve a good result, and utilize to the maximum the early laps as he aims to recover vital positions.
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot
"The qualifying session has been demanding for Andrea and tomorrow in the race he will give the maximum at the start and push 110% in the early stages, paying special attention to the first turn, which is both narrow and slow after the long straight. We don't need to emphasize the ability of Andrea, who is able to make a good start and then able to manage a race that often sees him come up through the field. With this in mind, I am confident that we could get another good result."
Andrea Dovizioso - Rider - JiR Team Scot MotoGP
13th time: 1'46 "907
"Tomorrow will be a race that I must make a good start in. From the fifth row I will have to start very well, but usually I make a fast start, so I might be able to recover some positions. The first turn on the Motegi circuit could be difficult and has to be approached carefully if we are all bunched up. The circuit has a particular character: there's a lot of acceleration from low speed, out of the slow corners and these characteristics do not help us and also it is pretty challenging to pass on the brakes. Passing is one of my strengths and one, which I will try to exploit to the fullest. I think the first group of four riders will have an advantage, while I can fight for fifth or sixth place in the second group."
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator - JiR Team Scot
"In light of the race, we are quite ready and we will work in the warm-up for the development of some minor details. Our position on the grid is just Andrea failing to show his quality in that session, but we are optimistic for tomorrow and I believe that with a good start we can have a good race and collect the rewards."