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Upbeat mood in JiR Team Scot camp despite crash

Upbeat mood in JiR Team Scot camp despite crash

JiR Team Scot manager Cirano Mularoni and MotoGP rookie Andrea Dovizioso are in a positive frame of mind, despite the crash at Estoril.

Andrea Dovizioso´s crash at Estoril was an unfortunate end to his Portuguese race after some excellent early work, but his pace in the first half of the contest and a positive test following the third round of the season on Monday meant he and JiR Team Scot manager Cirano Mularoni were upbeat when they spoke to

The MotoGP rookie built up further crucial experience at the Grande Premio de Portugal in just his third premier class race, making up ground from seventh on the grid to keep leading trio Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi in his sights, before sadly losing the front-end of his satellite Honda RC212V 12 laps from the end during a hard-braking section and crashing out.

Nonetheless, Mularoni stated, `The first half of the race was just amazing, Andrea had a great pace, and we are really happy about this. Of course we are not so happy about the second part of the race. But we have good potential for the rest of the season and we can look forward to the next races with optimism.´

A productive test on Monday which saw Dovizioso finish third on the timesheet, behind Pedrosa and Rossi, prompted the 22 year-old rider to comment, `I´m very happy, because we have tried a lot of things. Michelin gave us a lot of tyres to try, some good things, a little bit better than our race tyre. I was happy after the race to have got so close to Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi.´

Looking ahead to round four in China the Italian youngster added, `Sure it will be difficult because the pace will be higher and our bike is slower than the factory bikes, but it doesn´t matter. I´m very happy about the Estoril race and the test and we can go to China stronger than here.´

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