Andrea Dovizioso - 4th in Valencia race and 5th in MotoGP championship The last race of the MotoGP World Championship for 2008 ended for Andrea Dovizioso with a fourth place finish, which consolidates his fifth position in the championship ...
Andrea Dovizioso - 4th in Valencia race and 5th in MotoGP championship
The last race of the MotoGP World Championship for 2008 ended for Andrea Dovizioso with a fourth place finish, which consolidates his fifth position in the championship ranking. The result also confirms his and JiR Team Scot's position as the highest finishers in the championship of any of the customer teams in MotoGP aboard his satellite RC212V. After two days of practice marked by changeable weather, the Spanish sun finally shone and Andrea Dovizioso once again started well and soon moved up to fourth position, which he kept until the end of the race, behind the leading trio of the race and championship: Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. The race concluded a season full of satisfaction for Andrea and JiR Team Scot, who have four times been near the podium, then finally reached it in Malaysia with a third place result. At the end of the race, Andrea returned to the pits and was hugged by his team and Yuki Takahashi, with the Italian symbolically handing over his Honda RC212V to the Japanese rider, who will take his place in 2009. After seven years with his team and a 125cc World Championship it was an emotional farewell, as next season Andrea will be in the colours of the official Repsol Honda factory team.
Gianluca Montiron - Director - JiR Team Scot
"Today ended a season full of sporting satisfaction for us, that since the first race has truly highlighted the potential of Andrea. During the championship we have managed to achieve and then maintain, fifth position in the overall ranking, which was our goal at the start of the season: my thanks go to the team, our partners and of course to Andrea."
Andrea Dovizioso - Rider - JiR Team Scot MotoGP
4th position, 4th-best time: 1'33 "313
"This was my last race with my Team, with whom I've been with for seven consecutive years. I still remember when running in the Italian Championship, being contacted by them to join the Team. From tomorrow I will be an official Honda rider and this is the achievement of a dream, but there is also sorrow to leave a Team that has always believed in me, that gave me the opportunity to contest the MotoGP championship. We have had a good season, often in front of ‘official' factory machines and we achieved all the goals we set ourselves. Today in the race, I started well but after that I knew things would become difficult. I lost time overtaking both Nicky Hayden and James Toseland, but I was not able to stay with Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi. For next year I will have a motorcycle, which I can develop and also I will have a new team with different working methods. I know I must still improve, I will have to understand how to steer the development of the motorcycle, and in the race I must be more consistent. There will be equality of tyres also, which will be good for me. Today I left my bike with Yuki Takahashi, as he is coming to this category, and he was my team-mate in 250s. I think he could do well in MotoGP, as in recent years he has had injuries that have influenced his results, but he has come back so strong. His approach to it will be interesting, as with MotoGP, at first it seems easy but then it becomes very challenging!"
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot
"And so ends a season that has seen us achieve, in both classes that we took part in, the goals we set ourselves. In MotoGP, Andrea is the fifth-best rider in the championship, the first ‘customer' motorcycle home and he also climbed onto the podium in Malaysia. In the races he has often managed to stay ahead of some of the works riders, and today he once again confirmed his potential and those of the Team. Yuki finished in fifth place in the 250cc championship, and also took his third podium. From tomorrow he will start with a new adventure in MotoGP. I thank the Scot Group, all our sponsors, technical partners include Honda, Michelin and Showa."