Qatari GP: JiR Team Scot race report

Andrea Dovizioso is first Italian as he finishes an exciting 4th place in first 2008 race! Andrea Dovizioso attacked the Losail circuit tonight and took fourth place in an amazing race, in which he was always attacking. The 21-year-old Italian...

Andrea Dovizioso is first Italian as he finishes an exciting 4th place in first 2008 race!

Andrea Dovizioso attacked the Losail circuit tonight and took fourth place in an amazing race, in which he was always attacking. The 21-year-old Italian started in 9th position on the third row but always wanted to get to the front of the fight. Andrea battled hard in the final part of the race and eventually took fourth place following a very hard ride in the Losail darkness. After the previous sessions of the preceding days which didn't show our rider's value; the team found a technical configuration for the race which gave the JiR Team Scot rider a fast lap just 0.37 sec from the best at the circuit recorded in 2007. Tonight at Losail was a fantastic race for ‘The Silver Arrow' now we look forward to Jerez.

Gianluca Montiron - Team Director, JiR Team Scot

"My best compliments go to Andrea Dovizioso and all the team who - this weekend - did an exceptional job and at a very high professional level. We couldn't have really made a better debut and Andrea's last lap shows his determination! His fighting spirit, which showed that our rider to puts all his personality on the bike, shows we're going to increase and do even better in the next races as our motivation increases."

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager, JiR Team Scot

"It was marvellous to see Andrea race tonight. We suffered a little in qualifying, which didn't give back to the team the result we expected, but looking forward to the race we knew we could be up there with the main protagonists. In warm up we evaluated new configurations and chose a front tyre which allowed Andrea to show his talent in a race with a lot of determination in a sporting, but aggressive way, but without Andrea trying to be too over aggressive!"

Andrea Dovizioso - Rider, JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
Overall position 4th

"I'm very emotional for this first race. I never thought I would be so quick to finish so near the front and also become the first Italian rider home, which is great! I never really thought of the podium, as I seemed to start off not so good on the grid. Immediately after the start I pushed hard and tried to concentrate on the job in front, I was aiming at the train of riders just in front of me. Perhaps I asked a little too much of my Michelin tyre combination which behaved very well in the race. I want to thank the team for the fantastic job that they did over the weekend. We struggled a little in qualifying, but came out in a very good way when it was time for the race. We have shown that we are ready to do well in MotoGP with Honda and I look forward to the next race.."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso