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JiR Team Scot hoping for luck to change

JiR Team Scot hoping for luck to change

After his fruitless Estoril heroics, Andrea Dovizioso and his JiR Team Scot colleagues also left Shanghai frustrated by finishing outside the top ten.

JiR Team Scot´s Technical Co-ordinator Gianni Berti was understandably fairly downbeat when he spoke to at the conclusion of the Pramac Grand Prix of China.

After his remarkable MotoGP debut in taking fourth place in Qatar things have not been quite so easy in the subsequent three rounds for the team´s talented young Italian rider, Andrea Dovizioso, who was eighth in Jerez, crashed out at Estoril and faded late in the Chinese contest to finish 11th.

Having started in 11th place on the grid Dovizioso fought his way up to fifth by the halfway mark and was in sixth position with four laps to go, before an apparent lack of tyre grip saw him drop down the order as the race concluded.

On the difficulty of judging the conditions and the result overall Berti stated, `At the beginning Andrea did very well but in the end he had some grip problems caused by our tyre choice. Maybe it was a little bit too soft, we don´t know for certain yet, we have to check with Michelin. But the team did a good job though and Andrea did a good job.´

Meanwhile, there was greater frustration for the squad in the quarter litre class with Yuki Takahashi heartbroken on the final straight as a mechanical fault saw him lose ground on the back straight only for him to go into the last corner in third position and subsequently run wide and finally cross the line seventh.

`In the 250cc race it was unlucky because we could have got third place but on the last corner of the last lap we had a technical problem which caused the bike to stop. So we were very unlucky but we couldn´t do any more,´ said Berti simply.

MotoGP, 2008, Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Team Scot MotoGP

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