Andrea Dovizioso still competitive with fifth in Indianapolis The last round of free practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in the MotoGP class has confirmed Andrea Dovizioso competitive even on a dry track. Despite forecasts that announced ...
Andrea Dovizioso still competitive with fifth in Indianapolis
The last round of free practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in the MotoGP class has confirmed Andrea Dovizioso competitive even on a dry track. Despite forecasts that announced intense rain, the sky above the circuit remained dry. The track, wet from rain overnight, slowly dried and allowed the JiR Team Scot rider to finally get out on a track with dry weather tyres. During the first half of the session with grooved tyres and a wet track, Dovi was up at the front and continued to occupy the top positions until the end of the session. In an hour, which saw the first nine riders covered by a single second, the fifth time by Andrea is a good sign for the qualifying session, which will be held later this afternoon and is scheduled to finish at 15.00hrs local time.
Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot
"The performance today confirms the good form and competitiveness of Andrea who has behaved well during the entire session, with both wet and dry track. This shows we can make a good race in any conditions, but we will see the final evidence in qualifying this afternoon. It will be important, as always, to try to start in the first positions in anticipation of a possible race in the rain."
Andrea Dovizioso - Pilot JiR Team Scot MotoGP
5th-best time: 1'44 "171
"I am very pleased with the outcome of today, the track is quite strange and the grip conditions have changed compared to yesterday. The new asphalt, slippery with rain, is good in ideal conditions and offers a good level of grip, while the old, which is more rough, has joints in it on the racing line that are annoying. Even the metal kerbs - which for us are completely new - offer good grip. The slow corners are still a little dull though. We have reached a good condition when it comes to suspension settings and we have tried different solutions with tyres with some good results and in qualifying we will try to make the most of the time available to gather additional information in anticipation of the race. A prediction on the possible evolution of the race is not possible! We await the end of qualifying and then we will have to see how the weather will be tomorrow."
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator JiR Team Scot
"Compared to a rain-hit day yesterday, we started from zero to configure the bike for dry conditions. The team did a great job, because it is demanding to be able to start immediately in front of everyone and keep constantly in the top positions. For Andrea, he has shown skill in being able to interpret the new track in both wet and dry conditions. We were able to exploit the information gathered yesterday to prepare for things despite the change in the weather. This afternoon we will hope to continue in this way and aim for a good qualification."