Andrea Dovizioso 7th fastest at Laguna Seca in testing this morning Fog and cool temperatures have greeted the MotoGP riders on the first day of testing for the United States Grand Prix. For Italian Andrea Dovizioso it was his debut on the ...
Andrea Dovizioso 7th fastest at Laguna Seca in testing this morning
Fog and cool temperatures have greeted the MotoGP riders on the first day of testing for the United States Grand Prix. For Italian Andrea Dovizioso it was his debut on the Californian circuit of Laguna Seca, but during the free practice, he has been able to adapt to this unique circuit well, despite the twists, turns and undulations of the Californian track. During the first free practice session he did a total of 29 laps, with the JiR Team Scot rider showing his constant improvement around the circuit as he stayed in the provisional top ten. The goal for the team this morning was to gain precious knowledge and experience of the track, which they accomplished well.
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator JiR Team Scot
"We started well. Today was a good start on a track that Andrea did not know and let's say that this track is unique and different from the classic European tracks that we know well! Andrea was able to adapt quickly and to better interpret the circuit this afternoon and will continue so, as well as select tyres in anticipation of the race - whatever the climate conditions we experience here, after all today we've found the morning is cool, while the afternoon is much hotter."
Andrea Dovizioso - Rider JiR Team Scot MotoGP HONDA RC212V
7th - best time: 1'23 "696
"Laguna Seca is a mad track: and that's in both a good and bad way! Safety isn't maybe at the highest level, but it's an impressive circuit to ride - you have so many curves and changes of altitude. And then there's the Corkscrew which gives you so much fear at first, as you do not see the descent down to the left but you have to keep the gas on for as long as possible before hitting the turn, where you have to back off the gas again! I followed Valentino Rossi for a while to learn the correct trajectory through the corner and to learn the track faster. With the passage of time I've managed to learn it better on my own and the times have improved. It was fun!"
Pietro Caprara - Chief Technician -JiR Team Scot
"Our priority this morning was for Andrea to get a guide base setting for the bike. Andrea showed once more his status as a rider who has an ability to adapt quickly to different conditions and to a new circuit which he has never been to in the past. Our performance this morning should be attributed to him. In the afternoon we analysed the data collected and will continue to develop both the bike and tyre choice for the race on Sunday."