First practice positive for Andrea Dovizioso, 7th in Malaysia The first day of free practice for the Malaysian GP was held in typical climactic conditions in the Malaysian peninsula, with the temperature higher than 30 degrees and with high ...
First practice positive for Andrea Dovizioso, 7th in Malaysia
The first day of free practice for the Malaysian GP was held in typical climactic conditions in the Malaysian peninsula, with the temperature higher than 30 degrees and with high humidity. The grip offered by the Tarmac during the day was also not at its optimum, thanks to the daily rain showers. The afternoon practice was disturbed by a light shower, which thankfully did not halt the progress of Andrea Dovizioso. The JiR Team Scot rider closed the morning practice in the top ten, and improved in the afternoon, finishing in seventh position with a time not far from the best riders. The team did a good job concentrating on the set-up of the chassis and this will be finalised in the second day tomorrow. The feeling is good and Andrea is confident of an improvement in performance tomorrow.
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot
"The first day of practice was good for us, without the normal heavy rain and we finished the day with a good performance. We have concentrated on the chassis set-up especially on the new front forks, which Showa gave us during the last GP. It’s too early to say something of the true value of them at the moment, because the grip on track is not optimal yet, but I’m confident that we have the possibility to improve still further. With conditions as they are at the moment, it’s not easy to predict the eventual outcome.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Rider - JiR Team Scot MotoGP
7th-best time: 2'03 "430
"Today was a good practice day that ended with a good result. We wanted to do a more intensive programme of testing but this morning the Tarmac was simply too slick and the condition of the track not the best, but we did try some tyre solutions as we concentrated on finishing our set-up for the race. The data from the set-up of the chassis has helped define our work and tells us the direction in which we need to improve. I’m satisfied because on this track speed and technical know-how are important and I did a good lap-time and tomorrow we could be more competitive and the conditions of the track will also be better if it rains tonight.”
Gianni Berti - Technical Co-ordinator - JiR Team Scot
"Work today focused on the set-up of the bike, looking of course towards the race on Sunday. The grip this morning was not perfect, but it was improving and the work done today will be useful for tomorrow. It was a positive day and we aim to improve once more on Saturday. We have chosen some tyre solutions to try tomorrow to help us complete our work.”