First day in France show good prospects for Yuki Takahashi The first day of qualifying for the 250cc class has seen Yuki Takahashi make marked improvement during the course of the day. This progress was only disturbed by an accident to Yuki,...
First day in France show good prospects for Yuki Takahashi
The first day of qualifying for the 250cc class has seen Yuki Takahashi make marked improvement during the course of the day. This progress was only disturbed by an accident to Yuki, which thankfully didn't result in injury for the Japanese rider. The JiR Team Scot rider, after a season's absence from the French circuit due to injury, got back into a good rhythm and did the usual work of development for the first day, which was especially intensive on the chassis. Tomorrow will be crucial to improve the performance of today and match the potential that the team knows Yuki is capable of.
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot
"Our team has done an excellent job today and found some alternative solutions for the chassis that have given us a good positive result. Yuki has now a very good physical condition and mentally he is very strong. I believe that despite this accident today, tomorrow he will be up there fighting and only the weather conditions may affect the end result and our place on the grid for Sunday's race."
Yuki Takahashi - Rider, JiR Team Scot 250GP
Best time: 11th - 1' 39.446"
"Today's practice didn't start well, but we wanted to test the solution for the chassis to get a good balance for the bike in the afternoon. Things were improving, but I fell down which was unfortunate, but the team worked very well as usual to get things right again. I could have done better today I think, but after the accident I changed bikes and that did not have the same settings on. For tomorrow I think I'm in a good condition to recover. I hope the weather doesn't get worse though! The track is a little bit different from before, but for me it's not a problem as last year I didn't run here as my injury prevented me from doing so, but I like this track and soon I will get back into my rhythm."
Yutaka Hirano - Chief Technician, JiR Team Scot
"Today we work a lot on the chassis settings, the development of the suspension and the solution of the swingarm. The result is very positive and tomorrow we will continue work in this way. The balance of the bike is already very good so I don't think that we will change that tomorrow. Yuki had to change the bike in the middle of the practice and I think because of this, he didn't get the result we all wanted but tomorrow we will improve like we usually do and work at the maximum!"