250: JiR Team Scot Assen Friday qualifying report

Good progress for Yuki Takahashi during Assen first qualifying The Grand Prix of the Netherlands, the ninth event of the season, saw Yuki Takahashi end the first day of qualifying in ninth position. With a lot of progress made during the day ...

Good progress for Yuki Takahashi during Assen first qualifying

The Grand Prix of the Netherlands, the ninth event of the season, saw Yuki Takahashi end the first day of qualifying in ninth position. With a lot of progress made during the day today, the JiR Team Scot rider is confident that he and the team can improve during the day tomorrow and in the second qualifying session. Without going all-out for a fast time, instead Yuki and the team developed the chassis and engine settings, improving his race pace gradually before tomorrow's final session, which he and the team hope will see him further up the grid.

Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot

"Today the Team has worked methodically and has achieved a good result which allows us to look with optimism to the final qualification session of tomorrow. Yuki put on display a good rhythm and he has progressed so much since last year. While it isn't his favourite race track, I believe he can improve still further tomorrow to put himself in a position to be fighting with the leaders come the race."

Yuki Takahashi - Pilot JiR Team Scot 250GP
HONDA RS250RW
9th time: 1'42 "007

"I'm quite satisfied with the way the first day has gone. Looking at the times of last year, in which I did well in practice and qualifying, today's time would have put me on the front row. This shows how the level of competitiveness has increased this year and it also shows that we have to improve still further tomorrow. We have identified our choice of tyres, but must still develop the suspension a little more and we are also working on our engine management settings, because Assen requires high speed! I think the team can do a good job and tomorrow I want to gain positions to be ready for the race by starting as near the front as possible."

Yutaka Hirano - Chief Technical JiR Team Scot

"Today we were dedicated to develop the bike and find a good balance, without thinking to achieve a fast time. We are making continuous progress from this morning, but we still have things that Yuki can exploit in the final practice sessions tomorrow. That's why I think that Yuki can do better tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we will aim to find our race pace and rhythm while in the afternoon we must do our best in qualifying."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Yuki Takahashi