Yuki Takahashi on second row at Catalunya for JiR Team Scot At end of the first day of qualifying Yuki Takahashi was not satisfied with his position and was sure that he could do even better today. This morning with the racetrack quite cold and...
Yuki Takahashi on second row at Catalunya for JiR Team Scot
At end of the first day of qualifying Yuki Takahashi was not satisfied with his position and was sure that he could do even better today. This morning with the racetrack quite cold and conditions far from perfect the JiR Team Scot rider rode to a better time than yesterday and ended free practice in sixth position. During the second qualifying session in the afternoon Yuki encountered traffic while engaged in a ‘maximum attack' flying lap and even if he was aiming for a better time than before he was already placed in seventh position on the starting grid. This second row start shows a positive trend, which allows everyone to realise that Yuki will be a big part of tomorrow's race.
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot
"I'm pretty much satisfied with the performance of rider and team on a racetrack that Yuki does not like very much. Today Yuki was able to do better on every run and he will start tomorrow's race on the second row of the grid. I'm pretty much sure he can do better, which is why in the race he will be in a position to show everybody what he is capable of. At the start it's important he gets away well and does not lose contact with the people ahead of him in the World Championship ranking. The team has worked hard this weekend to give the rider the very maximum they can from a technical point of view."
Yuki Takahashi - Rider, JiR Team Scot 250GP
Best time: 7th - 1' 46.668"
"During the morning we worked on the final tuning of the bike to make for a good race package but also a good qualifying package, too. I tried to ride around alone on the track to find a proper rhythm for the race, but I'm sorry for the fact that I made a mistake while entering a bumpy corner and for this reason I lost grip on the front and crashed this morning. Thankfully there was no physical consequence to me and minor damage to the bike. In the afternoon I was ready to make a good lap-time. I was hoping for the front-row, but during my flying lap a lot of traffic slowed me down and this is why we're on the second row. I'm ready and relaxed for tomorrow's race. I need a good start so I can stay with the leaders."
Yutaka Hirano - Chief Technician, JiR Team Scot
"These have been two important days and Yuki was always able to score good lap-times and find a good balance of the bike, setting up the suspension which allowed us to properly use the tyres. We have some final tuning to do in the warm-up and then all work will be done. Yuki's Honda and Yuki himself are challenging the very highest riders in the 250cc championship and we expect a spectacular race with lots of battles!"