German GP: JiR Team Scot preview

JiR Team Scot heads to the Sachsenring aiming for prestigious results After a one week break following the British and Dutch GP ‘double header' last month, the 2008 MotoGP season resumes at the Sachsenring. The German event will provide...

JiR Team Scot heads to the Sachsenring aiming for prestigious results

After a one week break following the British and Dutch GP ‘double header' last month, the 2008 MotoGP season resumes at the Sachsenring. The German event will provide the stage for the tenth round of the championship. The circuit winds its way through the edge of a forest, where the riders face a series of tight corners, with a series of seven left-handers, before opening the throttle on the short straight. The JiR Team Scot squad looks to gain significant results in both categories. Andrea Dovizioso, riding the Honda RC212V, has returned from three positive races in which he obtained fourth and two fifth-place finishes and he wants to improve still further. Meanwhile Yuki Takahashi has a good feeling with the German track, as back in 2006 he took one of his two victories of the season at the track and now he wants to repeat that feat this weekend.

Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot

"The particular layout of the German track tends to reduce the gap between the performances of each motorcycle, instead relying on the commitment of the rider in the corners. Recent years have witnessed, in both categories, a close finish to the race where four or five riders have been covered by just a few seconds. This is the opportunity for our riders to show their capabilities and achieve some excellent results. The Honda has always had characteristics that suit this tortuous circuit, particularly in MotoGP, while in 250, we know that we can be competitive based on the results of recent seasons."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot

"The German Grand Prix could be a good one for the team, an occasion in which we do very well in both categories. In MotoGP, we would like to obtain a result, which consolidates what we have achieved in recent races, and rewards us for the good work done at the beginning of the year. It's a track, which these bikes cannot be used to their maximum, but perhaps Andrea will be able to harness our technical package to reach the podium. In 250, Yuki has proved to be ready for podiums, and on the track could replicate his German victory of 2006. Both riders are ready to give their best both physically and mentally."

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider JiR Team Scot MotoGP - HONDA RC212V

"My starting point for the Sachsenring is that I am confident we can get another good result, although it has never been a favourite circuit of mine. It is slow and twisty and it's almost like a minimoto track. I've felt this already with 250cc bike, where you need to commit to every corner, so with the heavier MotoGP machine, I think this feeling will be even more pronounced. At the track I have never got into the top positions, but in recent years I have gone better at the circuit. Our recent races have also shown that our performance is improving so that is a good sign for this weekend's race."

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

"I want to finish the race with a good result, as I did in 2006, in which I won. Unfortunately last year was influenced by the aftermath of my big accident. The track itself I like, but it is very difficult, with a series of tight curves where you need to make some very quick changes in direction, then a faster final stretch with two straights, a downhill section and an uphill section towards the start finish straight. Overall the track should be well suited to our Honda."

-credit: jir

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso , Yuki Takahashi