Andrea Dovizioso is expecting past form to count for very little when MotoGP heads to Eastern Europe for the latest round of the championship at Brno, Czech Republic.
The Italian has been a revelation this season aboard the sole JiR Team Scot machine and heads to the 12th round of the championship classified in fifth place, just 11 points behind fourth place – and fellow rookie – Jorge Lorenzo.
However, while Brno has been kind to Dovi in the past after scoring two second place finishes in the last two 250cc races, he expects the new tarmac surface around the Czech circuit to keep the teams and riders on their toes.
“This year on the Brno circuit we will have another unknown factor as the Tarmac on the circuit 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.
“Over the past two years, with the 250cc machine, I've got two second places but with the MotoGP bike it is difficult to make a prediction. I enjoy the track but it is not one of my favourites.”
Despite, somewhat controversially, missing out on the chance to run an upgraded Honda package this weekend, JiR Team Scot director Gianluca Monitron is still confident of getting on the podium this weekend.
“We now enter the last part of the 2008 championship and visit a circuit which is very technical and which has many similarities to Mugello, so this is a circuit in which the talents of our rider can make a difference.
“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 pointed 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 on points.”