Qatari GP: JiR Team Scot Friday notes

First day at Doha very positive for Andrea Dovizioso with fifth fastest time! Today's first day of practice which kicks-off of this weekend's 2008 MotoGP championship felt like the first day of school as it was the first real occasion for the ...

First day at Doha very positive for Andrea Dovizioso with fifth fastest time!

Today's first day of practice which kicks-off of this weekend's 2008 MotoGP championship felt like the first day of school as it was the first real occasion for the teams to show the fans the results of all the hard work done during the winter tests. Tonight Andrea Dovizioso made his silver Honda shine under the lights at the Losail track. The lap time achieved showed that the Italian rider is in a very positive frame of mind at the start of the season managing to secure the 5th best lap time overall and becoming the first of the Italian riders on the time sheets. In the first session Andrea took the third-best lap time as he took time to verify things tested in the past week at Qatar. Andrea suffered a small crash today with no major injury for the rider, which didn't interfere with the overall progress of the team.

Gianluca Montiron - Team Director, JiR Team Scot

"This official beginning for Andrea is very positive. Tonight he and the team showed their capability to do a very good job and to adapt the bike to a different strategy in both sessions, which also showed the very different weather conditions here in Qatar. After the result of today we can now concentrate on the final tuning of the bike for the race and to even increase our performance so we can hopefully enter into the top three positions."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager, JiR Team Scot

"I'm very satisfied how this day has ended as we have had lots of expectations in this - our ultimate team challenge! Andrea did slide off in a crash today but this didn't affect us or the bike either and overall it didn't effect the programme of work for the weekend, which we will finish before the race on Sunday thanks - in part - to the good result achieved today. Our result today has been fantastic and the whole night-time MotoGP scenario is simply stunning!"

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
Best time: 5th - 1' 55"963

"Well, we've started very well and to be honest I didn't expect to be so fast, especially how it was not so hard or physically demanding to be fast and consistent today. During the first session it has been important to quickly find the best technical choice for things to try in the second session. We have finalised the setting of the chassis, thanks to testing in previous practice here, so we are basically now trying to find a good race tyre for Sunday. The crash was no problem. I did it just after doing my best lap time while I was trying to brake as late as I could at the end of the main straight. When I did that the front-end just washed away but I was not worried as this was not due to a technical problem! In the second session we finished our work programme trying out tyres and have found the right configuration for the race. We have some small details to attend to tomorrow but we are all motivated and today's results will help us do even better."

-credit: jir-mc.com

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Drivers Andrea Dovizioso