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Expectations and consolidation on the agenda for Dovizioso

Expectations and consolidation on the agenda for Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso continues his rookie campaign in MotoGP this weekend in the Czech Republic.

The soon-to-be restructured JiR Team Scot outfit may be parting ways at the end of the year, but the recent announcement does not mean that they are taking their eyes off the prize. JiR Director Gianluca Montiron is particularly keen to see Andrea Dovizioso - the rider whom he gave the chance to come through to MotoGP - continue his strong run of form until the conclusion of the season, resuming this weekend at the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske Republiky.

`Our goal remains the taking of a podium position in any race, which would help us consolidate our position in the overall classification – especially as fourth in the championship is just 11 points in front of us. It will be important from here on in to finish races and get as many points as possible, as everyone is so close together,´ says Montiron, who will announce his plans for 2009 at the Japanese round of the World Championship in Motegi.

Dovizioso himself has previously expressed his concern at the less-comprehensively developed satellite RC212V´s chances of keeping up with the factory machines as the season progresses, and will have the added problem of a first encounter with a resurfaced Brno track to contend with on Friday morning. The Italian is reserved in his expectations for this weekend´s race.

`This year on the Brno circuit we will have another unknown factor as the tarmac has been re-laid, so we will have to see how it affects the degradation of our tyres. It is a technical circuit with a wide variety of curves and turns: the circuit is challenging to go fast on but is enjoyable,´ says the MotoGP rookie.

`Over the past two years, with the 250cc machine, I´ve got two second places. With the MotoGP bike it is difficult to make a prediction. I enjoy the track but it is not one of my favourites.´

MotoGP, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Team Scot MotoGP

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