Yuki Takahashi, 4th in the race at Sepang: 5th in championship In harsh climatic conditions, with the ambient temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, Yuki Takahashi took fourth position in the Malaysian Grand Prix, to sit in fifth position overall in...
Yuki Takahashi, 4th in the race at Sepang: 5th in championship
In harsh climatic conditions, with the ambient temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, Yuki Takahashi took fourth position in the Malaysian Grand Prix, to sit in fifth position overall in the championship. During the warm-up in the morning, Yuki remained consistently in the high positions, improving his race pace thanks to last-minute tuning to his suspension. As the lights went out, the JiR Team Scot rider quickly gained four positions and was sitting with the lead group. During the early laps, Yuki was unable to follow the leading trio but during the race showed a good steady pace behind. During the last seven laps, when he was battling for fourth place, he managed to pass Espargaro, passing before the chequered flag to lead him by a three second margin. The fifth position in the championship - the goal of the season - is now in his hands, and the JiR Team Scot rider will defend this at the event in Valencia next weekend.
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot
"Today Yuki has obtained an important result for the championship ranking, reaching fifth place, which was our goal from the beginning of the year. The race was held in difficult conditions for riders, who had to suffer the hot and humid conditions, while the track reached 50 degrees Celsius. The race was fought until the last lap, and Yuki maintained a good pace despite becoming detached from the group, maintaining contact with the group up ahead. The fifth spot in the standings is now a reality and we hope to consolidate this at the final meeting in Valencia. Congratulations to Marco Simoncelli for winning the world title. "
Yuki Takahashi - Rider - JiR Team Scot 250GP
4th position, 7th Time: 2'08 "395
"Today felt very hot and it was really hard. Physically I was tired and the heat made the front tyre very slippery. I made a good start but then I was hampered by other riders as we swapped position. Up to half-distance, the race went well, but after the tyre began to slide I could not push more. The first three riders had gone, then it was difficult to catch up. When I was alone I managed to maintain a good pace. The result today is important and Valencia is vital for us to defend the fifth place ranking in the championship, but it is a track that I like and I will give the maximum. I want to thank the team that worked hard and prepared the bike well. "
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator - JiR Team Scot
"This was a good result at the end of a good race, which was run in harsh conditions, which really tested the riders. Yuki made a good start, immediately gaining the fourth spot, but was unable to lose the group, which meant he in turn lost contact with the first three. He then managed to distance himself from the opposition and managed to maintain the pace of the trio of leaders. We are now fifth in the championship: this is our goal and one that we have to defend in Valencia "