Yuki Takahashi on the second row in first qualifying at Phillip Island Practice and qualifying for the 250cc Australian Grand Prix got underway at Phillip Island today, with the morning session taking place on a dry track, but with an overcast...
Yuki Takahashi on the second row in first qualifying at Phillip Island
Practice and qualifying for the 250cc Australian Grand Prix got underway at Phillip Island today, with the morning session taking place on a dry track, but with an overcast sky that signalled the arrival of bad weather. Yuki Takahashi, with the track in optimal conditions, focused on establishing a good set-up in anticipation of the race. With the wet track he spent his time developing the setting of the suspension and having identified the possible pace for the race, ended up seventh on the timing sheets for the Grand Prix of Australia. The JiR Team Scot rider is confident that there is room for improvement and space to build on for the second day of qualification tomorrow.
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator - JiRTeam Scot "We are satisfied with the first day of practice, in which Yuki has secured a valuable second row, managing to achieve good results with only one round of testing so far completed. The team has worked well and we should improve tomorrow, weather permitting. We are making good preparations and I think we could improve our position on the starting grid. "
Yuki Takahashi - Rider - Team Scot 250GP
7th-best time: 1'44 "885
"This morning I did not want to push to find the fastest time but to get a good rhythm and improve my confidence on this circuit that I like very much. The bike went well, the team has done a good job preparing my Honda in the best way to begin the qualifying and practice sessions. In the afternoon with the rain we have worked on setting of the suspension, to try to get the best possible time in the qualifying session. It was also important to establish a good rhythm in the wet, in case we have to race in the rain. The second row is not bad but I would like to improve. We know where to make improvements and tomorrow we will do minor changes and see how we improve."
Yutaka Hirano - Head Technician - JiR Team Scot
"The evidence today has shown that Yuki is strong here in both wet and dry conditions and this gives us confidence for tomorrow. Today we did not want to focus on one fast lap, but try to find a good overall balance, that tomorrow we will use as a base to get a good result in qualifying."