TT Assen: JiR Team Scot race report

Andrea Dovizioso comes home a competitive fifth at Assen The Grand Prix of the Netherlands in which Andrea Dovizioso finished in fifth position, confirms the positive trend that JiR Team Scot has maintained during the last three races. After two...

Andrea Dovizioso comes home a competitive fifth at Assen

The Grand Prix of the Netherlands in which Andrea Dovizioso finished in fifth position, confirms the positive trend that JiR Team Scot has maintained during the last three races. After two days of practice, which was disturbed by rain and unstable weather conditions, the ninth round of the MotoGP championship saw Andrea Dovizioso make a good start as the lights went out, taking fifth place on the first lap. Then followed a good fight with Chris Vermeulen, where Andrea passed the Suzuki rider as the duo were caught by Yamaha's Colin Edwards, with Edwards eventually passing the JiR Team Scot rider. With a fourth and two fifth place finishes, Andrea and JiR Team Scot are showing that they can battle at the front of the pack, ahead of teams with equal technical equipment.

Gianluca Montiron - Director JiR Team Scot

"The race today ended with the best result we could possibly achieve. Andrea has exploited in the best way the technical material at our disposal and that the Team was able to develop. If you compare our results now on track with other teams with the same equipment, you can see the difference made by our rider's skill and the effort from all of the team behind him. From the last three races we've had some good results and this is a trend which we hope to maintain and we will keep up our levels of concentration so we can repeat these results again or even better them."

Andrea Dovizioso - Pilot JiR Team Scot MotoGP
HONDA RC212V
5th position, 7th fastest time: 1'37 "662

"I'm very happy with this fifth place, I believe this is the maximum that we could achieve today. I started well and in the early stages of race I was faster than some of the other riders, managing to stay in front, even though we started from the fourth row of the grid where usually it's hard to recover and get with the leaders. When Valentino fell, this opened a gap for me and I benefited from it and stayed in fifth position. After a few laps Vermeulen was behind me, so when he came past I wanted to see where he was faster and whether he could drag us further on. He wasn't faster than me, so I overtook him, as I knew Colin was coming. Colin passed Chris and I was unable to stop him passing me. He then had a pace I could not match. Yesterday I thought we would be able to have a better rhythm, but our result today could not have been better. We struggle to fight for the podium positions and it seems that fourth or fifth is ‘our' position in the race. We are working well and happy with the results, even if we want better!"

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager JiR Team Scot

"The Grand Prix of Holland ended in a good way for us and the result acknowledges the effort from both Andrea and the team, and the hard work put in over the weekend. A good start was made, but we still need to be higher up the order in qualifying, as being so far back can see errors made and crashes take you out of the race, as we saw between Valentino and De Puniet. The final result is important for the standings as it sees that Andrea is in sixth with a good chance to move further forward in the rankings."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , Chris Vermeulen , Andrea Dovizioso