Yuki Takahashi ready to challenge the leaders in tomorrow's race Despite the terrible weather forecast, qualifying in the 250 class started with blue skies, before a short thunderstorm came over part of the racetrack and this affected the whole...
Yuki Takahashi ready to challenge the leaders in tomorrow's race
Despite the terrible weather forecast, qualifying in the 250 class started with blue skies, before a short thunderstorm came over part of the racetrack and this affected the whole session with more than half of the riders failing to improve on their times from yesterday. This was the case for Yuki who thanks to great job done in the morning on his bike, was looking to improve his position and be on the grid up with the leaders. Tomorrow a good start will be crucial from 12th if Yuki is to gain the positions lost from not being able to improve his time due to the weather. Yuki also needs to stay with the first group, but judging from his form at previous races the Japanese rider is ready for the challenge.
Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot
"I'm very satisfied on how we were working in all of the practice sessions even though the rain didn't allow us to do any better or move up the grid. Yuki is ready for the race, the team wants a good result after being so close to the podium in Shanghai, so if the weather conditions tomorrow are OK I think we will be in the condition to have a good race."
Yuki Takahashi - Rider, JiR Team Scot 250GP
Best time: 12th - 1' 39.446"
"After yesterday's practice we were waiting for the bad weather but in fact the sun was shining and we were ready to get out on track and have a good session then just before the session started the rain began so we decided not to go out straight away. Because of this lost time we couldn't complete the whole work programme scheduled for today. I'm very satisfied on how we were able to prepare my Honda and the excellent work done on the bike is giving us good results. Tomorrow morning we will make some fine-tuning adjustments to the bike during warm-up. I do think I can stay with the leaders even if I will have to push very hard to get up with them."
Yutaka Hirano - Chief Technician, JiR Team Scot
"In these two days we concentrated on tuning the bike, especially the suspension, frame and chassis settings. We changed the front forks and the rear suspension and this had achieved good results. The balance of the bike is good and at this track I think we can expect good results. In warm-up we will make some small adjustments and we are looking forward to the race where Yuki will be strong and determined as usual."