Malaysian GP: JiR Team Scot qualifying report

Andrea Dovizioso takes 6th and is competitive in Sepang qualifying The second day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix saw Andrea Dovizioso competitive as ever, holding provisional pole position until the dying minutes of qualifying. The ...

Andrea Dovizioso takes 6th and is competitive in Sepang qualifying

The second day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix saw Andrea Dovizioso competitive as ever, holding provisional pole position until the dying minutes of qualifying. The morning's free practice was held in dry conditions, which confirmed the JiR Team Scot rider is able to keep pace with his rivals. The qualifying round began with the wet track, which dried slowly, meaning many riders recorded their best times in the final minutes of qualifying. At the start of the penultimate round of the season, Andrea will start from the second row for the third time this season, determined to conclude the race with a significant result.

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot

"In the final stages of qualifying the best riders constantly rotated their turn at the top of the timing sheet showing continual improvement as the track improved! We made the most of the intermediate tires and from those Andrea has been able to reap a good result. In terms of our competitiveness, we are starting from the second row and could make another good race and result tomorrow."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
6th time: 2'02 "836

"I am really happy with the result today with the track in difficult conditions with parts of it still wet, which slowly continued to dry. The second row is good for us and the start will be all-important. I have a good race rhythm of around 2'03 "3 that should allow me to aspire to finish in the top five positions. We started this afternoon with the wet track, using soft tyres. Then we turned to a harder compound. I was good in wet conditions with Michelin rubber that has excellent performance and allows me to be fast. I was able to exploit the good tyres from qualifying, despite not really changing our set-up from wet to dry. Tomorrow in the warm-up we will have to make the last changes to the suspension. We are still looking at a top five finish in the race, even if a podium this season is still a wish! The characteristics of the track and the warm, humid conditions will make for a challenging race."

Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator - JiR Team Scot

"We did well in qualifying and the team has been able to work well and hard, interpreting well and promptly, the continuous changing conditions of the track. Andrea has always been near the top and now we start from the second row. For the race we are ready, and Andrea has proven he has good race rhythm."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso