Valencian GP: JiR Team Scot qualifying report

Andrea Dovizioso sits on the third row in Valencia for final MotoGP Today heralded the last day of practice at the Valencia circuit for the last MotoGP Grand Prix of 2008. Like yesterday the uncertain weather was the hallmark of qualifying and...

Andrea Dovizioso sits on the third row in Valencia for final MotoGP

Today heralded the last day of practice at the Valencia circuit for the last MotoGP Grand Prix of 2008. Like yesterday the uncertain weather was the hallmark of qualifying and this afternoon's session ended with Andrea Dovizioso claiming the ninth-best time and he will start from the third row. Free practice in the morning began with the wet track that slowly dried. The JiR Team Scot rider has been able to better interpret the changing conditions and grip levels of the Spanish track and with cut slick tyres concluded the morning with the fifth-best time. The qualifying round of the afternoon began dry, but after just fifteen minutes the first drops of rain began to fall, prompting some teams to use their precious qualifying rubber early. Andrea was able to keep constantly in the top ten and tomorrow will start from the third row, confident that he can get a good result in the race following a good start.

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot

"We once more faced unstable weather conditions today, but we are happy because the team, like yesterday, was able to react quickly and we achieved a good result. In case of bad weather for the race we have some ideas of what to do and use, but with us not having had the opportunity to test things in fully dry conditions, if the weather is like that tomorrow, we will use the warm-up to do this."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider - JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
9th Time: 1'32 "734

"Today was an unusual round of qualifying, disturbed when the rain began to fall after just before it was half complete. This upset the entire test program with race tyres, and we immediately had to use qualifying rubber to avoid being near the back in case the bad weather worsened. In race configuration nobody has been able to do a complete job, and tomorrow if the weather were to maintain stable, we must make the most of warm-up to define our technical choices. This morning we completed the work started yesterday, in wet conditions, and with the wet track I was able to get a good performance. We cannot make a prediction on how things will go if it rains tomorrow either, but in both cases we must make a good start. If we start well, we could make a good race tomorrow."

Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator - JiR Team Scot

"Even today we managed to get a good result, which is much more indicative of the ninth position in the standings. Between yesterday and today we have defined the possible configurations to be used in case of a race with bad weather. Everyone has found it difficult with very little dry track time, so everyone's performance in this area is a little bit of an unknown. Tomorrow if it is dry, warm-up will be very interesting indeed."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso