JiR Team Scot Phillip Island test notes 2008-02-01

Third and final 'intense' day at Phillip Island for JiR Team Scot Andrea Dovizioso and his JiR Team Scot squad completed their three-day test at Australia's Phillip Island circuit satisfied with their hard work and looking forward to their next...

Third and final 'intense' day at Phillip Island for JiR Team Scot

Andrea Dovizioso and his JiR Team Scot squad completed their three-day test at Australia's Phillip Island circuit satisfied with their hard work and looking forward to their next test session which starts on the 16th February in Jerez.

After yesterday's rain, clear skies greeted the teams testing at the 2.764 mile track and JiR Team Scot immediately got on with the hard work of continuing to find the right solution for the setting of the 800cc MotoGP bike as well as conducting a number of tyre tests. With their partners at Michelin, the team today spend most of the day on race tyres conducting a series of short and long runs in a bid to replicate the conditions they would find in a race to receive the maximum feedback.

Former 125cc champ Dovizioso is now getting closer to the perfect feeling with his new RC212V machine and is happy to leave Phillip Island with lots of experience and information at a track which previously he's not enjoyed riding on.

The team now flies back to Europe to prepare for the last important test of the winter schedule - the IRTA tests which begin at Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain on 16th February.

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V - Laps: 90
Time 4th: 1'29"780

"This day has been very useful to give proper evaluation of all the materials we have for our technical package. Today we did a lot of work with Michelin, testing many, many different tyre and compound options. I'm very satisfied with my relationship with them. They have reacted so fast to my feedback, so I feel our relationship will grow together. With racing tyres my pace is pretty good, but in qualifying set-up with the softer tyres I'm still suffering a little vibration, which occurs when entering a corner under engine braking. This is complicating my efforts to get a fast time on qualifying tyres. In general the feeling with the bike is fantastic, but at the next test at Jerez we will work a lot to reduce the rear-wheel hop we are getting under braking. This will be our main target. Overall, we want to be more competitive as the level of competition is very high and I want to be out front with the leaders."

Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot

"We're very satisfied with the results of our three-day test as this shows that the whole team has worked hard and in the correct way. Andrea is getting more feeling with the bike and at this test he has shown his qualities as a test rider, providing us, Honda, HRC and Michelin with so much information and feedback. This helps us all move in the right direction with the setting of the bike. The team in the pits is also getting more accustomed to the RC212V, which is a very sophisticated race machine. From a settings point of view we have reached a good compromise, which enabled us to focus on today's tyre testing duties. We completed short runs on the track, but also some long and medium ones to evaluate how good the bike is and how it reacts to race conditions and various tyres. Our target is still to improve our performance on qualifying rubber, and to be more consistent with these tyres. In the three-day test here, we've not solved all our problems, but we've also had some rain and learned a lot about the bike. We're all looking forward to the next test in Jerez after this very positive test."

-credit: jir team scot

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso , Phillip Island