Yuki Takahashi runs a determined race at the Grand Prix of Japan
The Japanese Grand Prix saw Yuki Takahashi conduct a careful race, which allowed him to maintain his recent run of points scoring positions as he gains valuable points for the championship. Starting from eighth on the grid, he did not push to the maximum in the early stages but waited - while maintaining a steady gap from the leaders - until his tyres were fully up to temperature. Meanwhile, Simoncelli and Bautista outdistanced their opponents, taking an unassailable lead, as the JiR Team Scot rider managed to get in his stride, take advantage of his Honda RS250RW and ended the race in sixth position. In the championship, Yuki Takahahshi is now seventh, on equal points with Mattia Pasini and 17 points from Hector Barbera in fifth.
Cirano Mularoni - Manager - JiR Team Scot
"After two days of tests in which Yuki has been constantly competitive, we started out with ambitions higher than the result we received today. Yuki had a good race and made the most of the material at his disposal, and the team worked well throughout the weekend. Looking at the championship we have to be positive, we have recovered many points and we must commit ourselves to aim for a fifth position which is now within our reach. "
Yuki Takahashi - Rider - JiR Team Scot 250GP
6th position, 10th-best time: 1'52 "702
"I started in eighth place on the grid and I wanted to retrieve many positions, because I knew that Simoncelli was a step above the others, but in the early laps the bike slid a lot and I could not push hard, so I kept onto the tail of the group. Then in middle of the race the situation improved and I could be faster. I must thank the team for their excellent work during the whole weekend. Today we could not do any more, but after the good results recently, the evidence pointed to a better result. In championship we have gained important points, and we must give our utmost to achieve the fifth position. Together with the team can do this."
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator - JiR Team Scot
"Yuki made an excellent race, and in the early stages could not be as fast as the lead riders but was able to wait without taking unnecessary risks. Then he managed to seize the best time to attack and won some important positions, including passing some opponents in the championship. So we must continue this trend and aim for similar points finishes which are what our rider deserves."