Japanese GP: JiR Team Scot race report

Andrea Dovizioso takes top 10 finish in title-deciding race The Japanese Grand Prix proved to be one of the most demanding of the season for Andrea Dovizioso. On a track that requires hard braking and acceleration, the JiR Team Scot rider did...

Andrea Dovizioso takes top 10 finish in title-deciding race

The Japanese Grand Prix proved to be one of the most demanding of the season for Andrea Dovizioso. On a track that requires hard braking and acceleration, the JiR Team Scot rider did his best on the brakes to make up time on his opponents. After a slow start, Andrea recovered several positions until he reached the trio fighting for sixth position: Loris Capirossi, Colin Edwards and Shinya Nakano. The fight ended with ninth position going to the rider from Forli. The championship position remains unchanged, with Andrea in fifth place overall.

Gianluca Montiron - Director - JiR Team Scot "Andrea has made a good race, claiming back several positions after a difficult start. The Motegi circuit has a first turn which is very slow and narrow, and every rider came into that turn aggressively. Andrea gave it his all, exerting all his physical energy even if his task was a difficult one. We are still the first satellite team in the results and this is a good for us. Recognition is due to Valentino Rossi, who today claimed his sixth title in the blue-riband category."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider - JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
9th position, 9th-best time: 1'48 "208

"Today I worked hard to catch up with the leaders. I finished the race in ninth but my race pace was good enough to get fifth. The race was decided in the early laps: in the first turn we were all in a group and no one had any intention of leaving space for others! It was a tough race, and I was riding hard and taking many risks to try and gain positions. At one point I almost touched Nakano, then I was confronted with a group of riders that brake hard like me, including John Hopkins and James Toseland and it took many laps to pass them, after which I was tired. I continued to push, and maybe the result would have been different if I had managed to stay behind Nicky Hayden, when he pulled away, but that is racing."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot

"Today was a day in which Andrea was pushed to the limit in every turn. He finished the race in ninth, but had the pace to get fifth. Unfortunately, the first lap was difficult, the level of our opponents was high as usual, and it was difficult to overtake. We leave Motegi with the knowledge of having done the best we could, and we think ahead to the next weekend of racing at Phillip Island in Australia."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , Shinya Nakano , John Hopkins , James Toseland , Andrea Dovizioso , Phillip Island