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JiR Team Scot heads to Le Mans for French GP filled with determination The MotoGP World Championship heads into the heart of the calendar now, with races where anything can happen and anyone can lead or win a race. JiR Team Scot with their Honda...

JiR Team Scot heads to Le Mans for French GP filled with determination

The MotoGP World Championship heads into the heart of the calendar now, with races where anything can happen and anyone can lead or win a race. JiR Team Scot with their Honda RC212V has so far been able to be strong and show its high potential in the first four races of the year. Andrea Dovizioso has shown talent and courage, but has so far collected fewer points than his determination has deserved. Yuki Takahashi, taking over Andrea's role in the 250cc squad, and the rider from Saitama has already taken his first podium and narrowly missed out on another in Shanghai just 100 metres from the line. JiR Team Scot return to Europe in France at the Le Mans circuit with a determination and a fighting spirit to get a good result in both classes.

Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot

"During the first four races we have had the opportunity to measure ourselves against the competition in both classes and we have shown that we have the riders and machinery to fight for the top positions. The race at Le Mans will be important because we will be racing at the home of our partners - Michelin. Our bikes the Hondas are the same as the other teams so we have to gain that little advantage so we can battle with the factory bikes by communicating well with our French technicians. The 250cc machine is being developed to our expectations and Yuki must now be consistently battling with the top group in all the races."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot

"This race in France we go to with much optimism because Le Mans is a track on which both our riders have had some good results. Andrea has taken many podiums here and Yuki took his first victory in the 250cc class, snatching victory from Andrea! Technically this is a circuit, which is very suited to our Honda 250 and I think we can get good results with the MotoGP machine, even if we have no data. I think Andrea has a good opportunity to get the result he deserves in France."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda RC212V

"The race in Le Mans could be a good opportunity for us. I like the track very much and have always collected excellent results there in 125s and 250s. This is a slower track and I think it will fit very well with our Honda MotoGP bike. From China I would like to get a better result and this will be the incentive that pushes me harder. Morale is high for both the team and I, so I think I will play up front with the top riders. I think also the team has a hunger for points and are motivated like me, especially as we know we can get good results. Recently I took part in a charity football match, called ‘The Match of The Heart.' I always play in this and I had a good time on pitch with both professional football players and people from showbusiness."

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

"After the last race in China the team and I suffered pain for the result we could have achieved when we saw the podium slip though our fingers! This was a podium that was truly ours! Our appointment now at Le Mans gives us the motivation to get the result we all deserve. On this track I took my first victory in the 250 class in 2006, but in 2007 I didn't repeat this result because of an accident and injury. This is a track I like very much and it is also very good for my riding style. The accident in Shanghai didn't leave me with any injury and we've really refined the bike, so now I can fight with the best riders. I feel ready and I have a strong desire to get a good result."

Le Mans Circuit
Circuit length: 4180m (2.6 miles)
Main straight: 450m (0.28 miles)
Width: 13m
Pole Position: Left - right corners: 9 - left corners: 4

MotoGP
Lap record: 1'35"087 V. Rossi 2006 (Yamaha)
Pole Position: 1'33"616 C. Edwards 2007 (Yamaha)
French Grand Prix 2007 - Results:
1st Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) - 2nd Marco Melandri (Honda) - 3rd Casey
Stoner (Ducati)

250cc
Lap Record: 1'38"566 A. Dovizioso 2007 (Honda)
Pole Position: 1'37"934 J. Lorenzo 2007 (Aprilia)
French Grand Prix 2007 - Result:
1st Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) - 2rd Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) - 3rd Alex De
Angelis (Aprilia)

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Chris Vermeulen , Marco Melandri , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Yuki Takahashi