TT Assen: JiR Team Scot preview

JiR Team Scot head to Assen in a positive frame of mind As soon as the fans left the British Grand Prix at Donington Park on Sunday, the JiR Team Scot team also left the United Kingdom and headed to Holland where, traditionally, the race will...

JiR Team Scot head to Assen in a positive frame of mind

As soon as the fans left the British Grand Prix at Donington Park on Sunday, the JiR Team Scot team also left the United Kingdom and headed to Holland where, traditionally, the race will take place this Saturday the 28th June. The Assen circuit, nicknamed ‘the cathedral of motorcycling' for the historical value it represents, hopefully will provide more good results for Andrea Dovizioso and Yuki Takahashi. Andrea has recently put in some fine performances with a fourth and fifth place finish in the last two races, which has consolidated his position in the championship. Yuki Takahashi meanwhile wants gain a good result, after producing some good practice and qualifying form but having suffered bad luck in the last two races. Both are ready, committed and highly motivated, supported by the high morale of the team.

Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot

"Andrea has collected two good results thanks of course also to the hard work of the team and we want this positive trend to continue. His good performances in the races can be put down to excellent preparation in practice and it is important to maximise the expertise in the team with our own technicians, as well as the excellent support we receive from our Technical Partners. In the 250cc class we can see that Yuki can also fight for the podium!"

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot

"After the Grand Prix of Great Britain, Andrea confirmed that the team is able to compete for the higher positions in the final standings and I believe that Assen will be the turning point of the championship for us, as we must constantly strive to stay on this level. We have a competitive technical package that Andrea can now exploit to the full at best, but if necessary he can ride through any difficulties he may have. In 250cc we lack the results and the podiums that Yuki is capable of, as the final result has seemed to escape us in the last few races. Despite this, the team is working well and I'm sure these results will come and we will get the satisfaction the team deserves."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP - HONDA RC212V

"The Assen circuit has never been among my favourites and in the last two years with the 250 I took fourth and third place finishes. The circuit is pretty unique with lots of high-speed corners and chicanes. I arrive in Holland off the back of two good performances and I am confident that we can repeat this with the MotoGP bike. My style has changed radically from the 250 and for me when you come to a circuit you know on the 250 it's like a new track on the RC212V. Also, so far this season I've done well on tracks I've not previously enjoyed on the 250, so that could be positive. From our place in the standings it's important for us to continue this positive trend."

Yuki Takahashi - Rider, JiR Team Scot 250GP - HONDA RS250RW

"In previous years the Grand Prix of Holland has not been my favourite and the track I do not enjoy very much. This year I want to have a good race and collect some more important points. I think I will be able to continue to improve my performance this year and make continuous progress, even if there have been no podiums in the last few races. I feel ready and always have high morale. There are no particularly difficult points on the track, but it is necessary to have a good rhythm to deal with the fast sections that alternate with the slow turns. With the team we will be able to do a good job, as always."

Assen
Circuit length: 4555 m (2.830 miles)
Straight: 560 m (0.348 miles)
Width: 14 m
Right hand corners: 11
Left hand corners: 6

MotoGP
Lap record: 1'37"106 N.Hayden 2006 (Honda)
Pole Position: 1'36"411 J.Hopkins 2006 (Suzuki)
Dutch TT 2007 - Results:
1st Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) - 2nd Casey Stoner (Ducati) - 3rd Nicky Hayden (Honda)

250GP
Lap Record: 1'40"354 A.De Angelis 2007 (Aprilia)
Pole Position: 1'39"958 J.Lorenzo 2007 (Aprilia)
Dutch TT 250 2007 - Results:
1st Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) - 2nd Alex De Angelis (Aprilia) - 3rd Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia)

-credit: jir.mc

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