Valencian GP: JiR Team Scot preview

Andrea Dovizioso and Yuki Takahashi head to Valencia, last race of 2008 The World of MotoGP draws to an end on Sunday October 26th at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit where the final Grand Prix of Valencia will be held. For JiR Team Scot this is the ...

Andrea Dovizioso and Yuki Takahashi head to Valencia, last race of 2008

The World of MotoGP draws to an end on Sunday October 26th at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit where the final Grand Prix of Valencia will be held. For JiR Team Scot this is the closure of a very intensive season, which has confirmed the competitiveness of both their riders. Andrea Dovizioso, 125cc World Champion, twice runner-up in the 250cc class, has acquitted himself well in MotoGP, with a memorable fourth-place finish in the first race of the year in the night race in the desert of Qatar. From then a memorable series of finishes resulted last Sunday in Malaysia with Andrea's first podium in the colours of JiR Team Scot. This year, Yuki Takahashi, in the 250cc class took two podiums including a thrilling second place at the Misano circuit, not far from his ‘second home' in the town of Cattolica. Both JiR Team Scot riders occupy fifth position in their respective championship standings, and will now look forward to the final challenge as the seek to end their 2008 seasons in the best way possible.

Gianluca Montiron - Director - JiR Team Scot

"The first race in Qatar seems to have been only yesterday, but we have already spent eight months 'on the road' and in a few days in Valencia we will take part in the eighteenth and final Grand Prix of the 2008 season. It has been a year of great satisfaction and one that we have committed to high-level goals, in both the individual races and the championship overall. Andrea, along with the Team, has grown as a rider and has increasingly been able to better handle the various situations that come to him during the year. The efforts and the professionalism of the team have been repaid by excellent race finishes, along with the first podium in Malaysia, which was the culmination of our and Andrea's competitiveness so far. To be the top-ranked satellite team is a reality in Valencia and the final effort is now required to close our adventure with securing the top five finishing position in the World Championship."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot

"The Valencia race will have a special appeal this year. Andrea comes from a wonderful podium in Malaysia and even with our technical package we feel confident that we will be challenging strongly. We would like to end this season - which has been full of satisfaction for us - on a high. Yuki is equally motivated, and after two podiums at Jerez and Misano, he could end his adventure in the 250cc category with another well-deserved result. We have had a strong season, and both riders now have reached the goals set they and we set them at the beginning of the year. We now should be concentrating to conclude the top five positions in both championships."

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

"Valencia will be my last race with the team that I made my debut with in the World Championship.These seven years have been important, we have collected many successes, including the world title in the 125 class. This season we wanted to be able to climb the podium, I would have preferred if it could have happened many other times, but we have only touched upon it before then finally reaching it in Malaysia. Valencia is not a circuit that I love in particular and make a prediction now that a good result will not be easy. We'll do the best, as always, as I would like to make another ‘gift', of a good result before my change of team at the end of the season."

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

"The Valencia circuit I have always enjoyed. Although in recent seasons I have not managed to get the results that I should have deserved. I want to finish my last year in 250s - before my move to MotoGP - with a good result that I want to devote to the team, which has experienced with me this year an exciting championship. In Malaysia we secured an excellent fourth-place finish, and now we can move on and try and confirm for us fifth position in the championship."

Circuit of Valencia
Circuit length: 4005 m (2.489 miles)
Straight: 876 m (0.544 miles)
Width: 12 m
Right corners: 5
Left corners: 9

MotoGP
Lap record: 1'32 "748 D. Pedrosa 2007 (Honda)
Pole Position: 1'31 "002 V. Rossi 2006 (Yamaha)
Grand Prix of Valencia 2007 - Results:
1st Dani Pedrosa (Honda) - 2nd Casey Stoner (Ducati) - 3rd John Hopkins (Suzuki)

250GP
Lap Record: 1'35 "659 M. 2007 Kallio (KTM)
Pole Position: 1'35 "109 H. Aoyama 2006 (KTM)
Grand Prix of Valencia 2007 - Results:
1st Mika Kallio (KTM) - 2nd Alex De Angelis (Aprilia) - 3rd Alex Debon (Aprilia)

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers John Hopkins , Andrea Dovizioso , Alex Debon , Casey Stoner , Mika Kallio , Dani Pedrosa , Yuki Takahashi