250: JiR Team Scot Phillip Island race report

Yuki Takahashi puts in a solid performance at the Australian Grand Prix After two days of intense testing, in which Yuki Takahashi has consistently improved his performance, the Grand Prix of Australia has confirmed the gritty nature of the JiR...

Yuki Takahashi puts in a solid performance at the Australian Grand Prix

After two days of intense testing, in which Yuki Takahashi has consistently improved his performance, the Grand Prix of Australia has confirmed the gritty nature of the JiR Team Scot rider, who has gained valuable points in the championship ranking. Yuki hung in near the front of the race for a while but was held up by the group ahead, allowing Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista to gain an early advantage, which made them un-catchable. Yuki was involved in a thrilling battle with Alex Debon and Roberto Locatelli for fifth position but eventually the Japanese ace crossed the line in seventh position, just 0.04 seconds from the Italian rider in fifth place. Yuki has now passed Mattia Pasini for sixth position in the championship rankings.

Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager - JiR Team Scot

"My compliments to the team that has worked very well and developed Yuki’s motorcycle very well. The result of race is important for the classification league that sees Yuki sixth, eight points off Hector Barbera. The early stages of the race influenced Yuki’s performance, as if he had been more incisive he could have fought with the riders ahead. We maintain our goal to finish in fifth place in the championship."

Yuki Takahashi - Rider - JiR Team Scot 250GP
HONDA RS250RW
7th position, 6th-best time: 1'33 "875

"Today I wanted to get a better result, and for the two days of practice and qualifying the team worked intensively to develop the bike for me. In warm-up we changed the suspension to make some improvements. At the start I was not able to break away and was battling with Pasini, Debon and Locatelli. I tried to push as hard as I could, turning in a high 1'33” lap, but this was a pace that I could not keep up. I tried to recover what I was losing out on the straights by maximizing my cornering. In the championship I have made progress and that is positive for the coming races, the last two in the championship. So, we must give our utmost to improve further."

Gianni Berti - Technical Coordinator - JiR Team Scot

"Yuki made a good race, but if he had not been slowed by the group in the early laps, he could have gotten a better result. He maintained a very good rhythm in the race and was battling hard with the opposition. We now know that we must keep focused for the next races so Yuki can move further up the championship rankings.”

-credit: jir.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Roberto Locatelli , Alvaro Bautista , Marco Simoncelli , Mattia Pasini , Phillip Island , Yuki Takahashi