250: JiR Team Scot Motegi Friday practice report

Yuki Takahashi on the second row in qualifying at Motegi Following the first day of testing for qualifying for the Grand Prix of Motegi, Yuki Takahashi, finished in sixth place, just a third of a second from pole position. Despite the uncertain...

Yuki Takahashi on the second row in qualifying at Motegi

Following the first day of testing for qualifying for the Grand Prix of Motegi, Yuki Takahashi, finished in sixth place, just a third of a second from pole position. Despite the uncertain weather conditions, which forced the JiR Team Scot rider to make a fast start and try and beat the rain which threatened to fall early in the session, Yuki put his Honda RS250RW on the second row and is confident that tomorrow he can better his time and get a front-row start. To celebrate his home Grand Prix, Takahashi's Honda was resplendent in a new livery, with the national flags of both Japan and Italy - where he currently lives - adorning the flanks of his RS250.

Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator, JiR Team Scot

"The first round of qualifying has been characterized by uncertain times for us that has influenced how we've gone about things today. Yuki went out with the aim of making a good time and we are satisfied with the result today and we are confident that we can improve if the weather does not worsen. Until a few minutes from the end of the session Yuki was in first position but while he was improving on his final laps, he was slowed by other riders."

Yuki Takahashi - Rider - JiR Team Scot 250GP
HONDA RS250RW
6th time: 1'53 "157

"I am quite satisfied with the results from this first day of qualifying, because even if we are sixth, I am just 0.3 seconds from first and I think that if the weather does not worsen tomorrow, I can do better. The weather was very uncertain and when we began the session the risk of rain was high, so we just tried to go fast to get a good position. We've worked hard on the development of the bike and we are already at a good level. I could have done better but also in my last fast lap I found traffic on the track and was hindered by it. We expect tomorrow to make a weather forecast for the race, but I am positive whatever happens."

Yutaka Hirano - Head Technician - JiR Team Scot

"Today we wanted to run through the whole programme, but we had to change this due to the weather conditions. Thankfully, we have gained a satisfactory result and tomorrow we will try to improve. The development of the bike is good and we will work to optimize the technical package for Sunday's race."

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Yuki Takahashi