Chinese GP: JiR Team Scot qualifying report

Andrea Dovizioso's main target for tomorrow: consistency in the race Today's high temperatures during the qualifying session for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix affected grip on the Tarmac of the Shanghai track affecting the starting position of...

Andrea Dovizioso's main target for tomorrow: consistency in the race

Today's high temperatures during the qualifying session for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix affected grip on the Tarmac of the Shanghai track affecting the starting position of JiR Team Scot's Andrea Dovizioso. The conditions made it important to understand the setting of the bike and the choice of tyres for the race. The pace that Andrea has in race configuration seems to be very good and that will be the key target for the race tomorrow. The team and rider will be working hard to better their qualifying position in the race. The start will be vital to the overall result, but Andrea and the entire JiR Team Scot squad will always be attacking to get the result they deserve.

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager, JiR Team Scot

"What we did in qualifying doesn't show our potential and obviously Andrea in the first part of the race tomorrow needs to be concentrating hard and needs to make some efficient overtakes, but I'm very positive and I do believe that Andrea can be part of the race up front as we have solved some things with the bike that we needed to improve. The team is giving the maximum to provide Andrea with the direction to achieve a very positive result."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
Best time: 11th - 1' 59.599"

"I do have to work hard tomorrow, but I think that my pace in the race has very high potential. There are lots of riders who I feel are on similar lap times, so there's a group of us who can put on a good show. The crash at the start of the session didn't hurt me at all as it was very low speed. We were at a high angle of lean and the front-end of the bike simply washed away. The only thing that the crash affected was a loss of time - which was important to us. The grip of the Tarmac is quite high and this makes the lap-times higher with racing tyres. On the other hand my pace is pretty consistent, which is positive. The start will be very important I'm in an area of the grid, which isn't the best, but also the first corner isn't one where you can brake late and take many positions: instead it's a long corner so it's difficult to do that. This is why my key target is a good rhythm in the race and to use to the maximum the good job the team has done on race set up over the last two days. We all realise that we have to do better in qualifying in the future."

Gianni Berti - Technical Co-ordinator, JiR Team Scot

"We have done a lot of work in terms of tyre choice either in race configuration or qualifying fit. I do think that Andrea can be competitive and be up there with the other riders. Ground temperature was at the maximum so far for the two days with 46 degrees and this is one of the facts that restricted us today. The crash changed a little the programme for the session, so we still have some small choices to make in warm-up tomorrow."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso