Tired Dovizioso satisfied with Honda workout

Monday, 19 November 2007

Fourth fastest at the end of testing in Sepang, MotoGP rookie Andrea Dovizioso continued his swift adaptation to 800cc life with the JiR Team Scot outfit.

Fourth fastest at the end of testing in Sepang, MotoGP rookie Andrea Dovizioso continued his swift adaptation to 800cc life with the JiR Team Scot outfit.

The fastest premier class debutant over the course of the three day visit, the Italian put in his quickest lap at the conclusion of Saturday's final outing, a time of 2'02.128 onboard the 2007 Honda RC212V.

Whilst his times were impressive, the twice 250cc World Championship runner-up maintains that there is still plenty of room for improvement before the start of the season, as much in coping with the physical demands of the four-stroke machine than anything else.

"Today I rode for many laps and I must say I'm more tired on a MotoGP machine than on a 250cc! Anyway in such hot and humid weather conditions it's good training and I must get used to this," exclaimed Dovizioso after his latest ride.

"I'm having more and more fun and this is good as it means that my confidence with the motorbike is increasing day by day. We still have so much work to do in order to understand more how to exploit our Honda to the fullest. I still have to get used to the engine braking as well, but I'm satisfied with these tests and I go back home knowing that the team and I have done well."

JiR Team Scot Director Gianluca Montiron shared his charge's enthusiasm, stating that: "These last three days have been most important as they have allowed the new team to build up and evaluate their first impressions about the technical characteristics of our bike.

"A positive factor is that Andrea has very much impressed HRC, Michelin and the Showa technicians with his precision in giving details and feedback – even though this is his very first ride on the new bike. I would be lying if I said the stopwatch was not important even at this early stage, and this means that our progress has been steady and methodical."
TAGS 2007 Andrea Dovizioso

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