Dovizioso still fourth as JiR Team Scot make more progress at Sepang Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso continued to make excellent progress in his early winter test schedule today at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. With overnight rain once...
Dovizioso still fourth as JiR Team Scot make more progress at Sepang
Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso continued to make excellent progress in his early winter test schedule today at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. With overnight rain once more affecting proceedings, it wasn't until around midday that the 21-year-old former 125cc World Champion was able to take to the track on his JiR Team Scot Honda RC212V. Conditions were humid and difficult for all the riders, but Andrea was still able to make 57 laps of the 3.447 mile (5.548 km) track on his four-stroke 800cc Honda. Tomorrow the team hopes to make further progress before returning to Europe and the Jerez MotoGP tests at the end of this month.
Gianluca Montiron - Director, JiR Team Scot
"Tomorrow we will finish the job, but already we have seen an impressive performance from Andrea with a best lap-time of 2'02.591" and I think this was a good lap time that he was able to be close to with a consecutive number of laps. We are all very satisfied with Andrea and he is much faster than our expectations. It was also good to see conditions so hot and humid. Humidity was around 70%, but despite these hard physical conditions and with a machine - which is much heavier than the 250 he is used to - he did well. It is all good training. Today Andrea also tested a new family of Michelin rubber, including some front tyres. This collaboration with the French manufacturer is excellent for us. They understand the potential that Andrea is showing and are happy with the feedback he is giving them. We know Andrea will continue to improve during the winter test schedule and we hope to see a further improvement from him tomorrow."
Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP - Time: 2' 02.591", laps: 57
"Another good day for us. Once more I spent the day getting acquainted with the RC212V. We are getting to know each other better, but it is still difficult adjusting from the two-stroke 250. Engine braking is the big thing - you have it on a four-stroke 800, but very little on a two-stroke 250! This affects my entry into the corners, although I still feel fast in the middle of the corner. It will all come with time! The team and I will look at the data tonight and see where I can make up some more time and improve my performance. The middle and exit of the corner is still easier on the MotoGP bike than on a 250 thanks to the electronics. I've improved my feeling from the front-end of the Honda after some setting changes and after testing some new Michelin tyres which is very important."
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot MotoGP
"Today we began the test with the machine the same as yesterday simply to confirm our early impressions with the Honda RC212V machine. Then after a few laps we started to make some small changes to the setting to the front- end of the bike, as we knew Andrea wanted to get a better feeling from the front tyre. With just a small change he could understand more what the front tyre was doing and therefore get more from the bike. We also made some small changes to the electronics to help the bike suit Andrea more. Small changes are important, as if you make your changes too big then you can soon lose your way. With a good bike like the Honda, I believe you do not need to make such big changes, so step-by-step is how we are doing things with Andrea and the RC212V. "
Meanwhile back in Japan, Yuki Takahashi has undergone an operation to remove a metal pin from his right leg. The pin was part of the surgical procedure following the injury to his lower right leg sustained at the 2006 Valencia race. The operation went well and today Yuki will be discharged from hospital ready to start his fitness training for the 2008 250cc GP season. Yuki, best wishes from all your Team!
<pre> MotoGP Sepang day two test times
1) John Hopkins Kawasaki 2' 02.200" 2) Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 2' 02.344" 3) Randy de Puniet Honda 2' 02.550" 4) Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2' 02.591" 5) Loris Capirossi Suzuki 2' 02.698" 6) Colin Edwards Yamaha 2' 02.800" 7) Anthony West Kawasaki 2' 02.831" 8) Nicky Hayden Honda 2' 03.093" 9) Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2' 04.021" 10) James Toseland Yamaha 2' 04.278"