San Marino GP: JiR Team Scot qualifying report

Andrea Dovizioso needs stellar start at Misano The Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini tomorrow will provide Andrea Dovizioso with an opportunity yet again to show his aggressive nature. The difficulties of developing a good balance...

Andrea Dovizioso needs stellar start at Misano

The Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini tomorrow will provide Andrea Dovizioso with an opportunity yet again to show his aggressive nature. The difficulties of developing a good balance with his Honda RC212V today means that the Italian will start tomorrow's race from the fifth row. The JiR Team Scot rider will be aiming for a start in front of his fans that has to be perfect and allows no room for error to recover valuable positions almost immediately, so as not to lose contact with the leading group. Despite his grid slot, Andrea is confident that he can conclude tomorrow's race with a good result.

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot

"Despite the result of qualifying which places us on the fifth row, we must also assess the positive points in our favour. We feel we can maintain a good pace in the race tomorrow, even if our single lap time is conditioned by some difficulties in the set-up of our motorcycle. In the warm-up tomorrow, we will be aiming to make a good recovery by finding an improved set-up, which should help us a little. It is a pity, as when you start a race aggressively as Andrea has to, you're using the bike to the very maximum, the rider uses up energy and you are using up the tyres quickly too."

Andrea Dovizioso - Pilot JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
14 DEG time: 1'35 "381

"We need to think about the race tomorrow and focus on the best way in which to approach it. I put in a 1m 35.9s lap time despite the difficulties of the bike set-up. The Michelin rubber is proving satisfactory, but to recover so many positions from the start in the first few turns will be very difficult. If we were on the second and not the fifth row then we would have a better chance of a good result, obviously! Being positive, we still have warm-up tomorrow to exploit any changes in the bike to make some progress and then in the race we will give the maximum as always."

Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator JiR Team Scot

"These last two days we have focused our work on the development of the set-up of the bike. We did make constant and small progress, but we expected more, even in qualifying configuration. Andrea's pace could be good tomorrow in the race and he should have the ability to show that, but we are penalized by our position on the starting grid."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso