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Dovizioso counting on strong Portuguese record

Dovizioso counting on strong Portuguese record

Andrea Dovizioso´s Estoril record of a win and two second place finishes over the last three years as a 250cc rider and his quick adaptation to 800cc riding means the popular Italian youngster is highly positive about this weekend´s visit to Portugal.

Andrea Dovizioso´s Estoril record of a win and two second place finishes over the last three years as a 250cc rider and his quick adaptation to 800cc riding means the popular Italian youngster is highly positive about this weekend´s visit to Portugal.

Having caught the eye with his sensational debut performance to take fourth in Qatar, the MotoGP rookie is setting his standards high and was disappointed with eighth place at Jerez, when another top five position looked to be within his grasp following a sensational comeback – only for him to miss out in the final laps.

`I've had very good results at Estoril, which is why I feel I can do the same with the MotoGP bike, even though I have never ridden it at the circuit,´ insists Dovizioso.

`Knowing where to put the front wheel on the racetrack and enjoying it so much should be an advantage,´ he continues. `The track itself is slow in parts but with a very long main straight, which may not be the best thing for my bike, but the tight and slow turns could be to my advantage. Either way, I'm looking for something better than at Jerez.´

With a real mix of corners and specific demands on the riders and their machinery at the complicated Estoril circuit that level of confidence could prove to be essential. JiR Team Scot Director Gianluca Montiron, meanwhile, believes that setting up the Honda RC212V correctly right from the word go on Friday will be essential.

`The beginning of this championship shows how MotoGP is so demanding,´ says Montiron. `We can see this as even from the first free practice session riders have to find the best compromise between chassis, tyres and power delivery of the 800cc engine to go fast and record a good lap time.´

`At Jerez, Andrea had to make a comeback from the rear of the pack using his bike at the maximum, asking everything of his whole technical package. MotoGP is very competitive and a good start to the weekend at Estoril in the early practice sessions could be a good indicator of what position we will be in come the chequered flag on Sunday.´

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Team Scot MotoGP

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