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Mixed day for Dovizioso in Shanghai heat

Summer weather today greeted the JiR Team Scot squad at the Shanghai International circuit for the first day of practice.

Summer weather today greeted the JiR Team Scot squad at the Shanghai race circuit for the first day of practice. The big difference in temperature between the morning and afternoon sessions was the crucial point of the working programme for both team and rider. After posting the fourth best time in the morning, Andrea Dovizioso concentrated in the afternoon looking for the best choice of tyres while also adapting to the big difference in temperature. After finding a good setting on the bike with the electronic engine management system, the work went well until the end of the day. Tomorrow will be vitally important to ensure optimum settings of the Honda RC212V and grid position for Sunday´s race.

Andrea Dovizioso – 9th

`Obviously I´m not so happy that I wasn´t as fast in the afternoon when it was hotter. This is the way, but because my pace is consistent I know we have room to make things even better and go faster still. The main problem of the afternoon session was the big difference of temperature and this made the racetrack much slower. I´m pretty much satisfied on the balance of the bike: we have no problems at all with suspension and also during hard braking I am now entering corners without any chatter. We wanted to try many tyres solution today and we did this to have the big picture of all the possible differences we need thanks to the temperature difference. Tomorrow we will concentrate on the fine-tuning of the package in race configuration.´

MotoGP, 2008, Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Team Scot MotoGP

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