Great race for Yuki Takahashi complicated by a technical problem Yuki Takahashi once again demonstrated his fighting spirit in today's 250cc race following on from his difficult qualifying session yesterday. After his crash yesterday afternoon,...
Great race for Yuki Takahashi complicated by a technical problem
Yuki Takahashi once again demonstrated his fighting spirit in today's 250cc race following on from his difficult qualifying session yesterday. After his crash yesterday afternoon, Yuki started today's race from 10th on the grid. The JiR Team Scot rider didn't take any major risks on the wet but drying Tarmac in the early laps and he was able to hang onto the leading group and stay in an excellent third position overall. Then, on the last corner of the last lap, Yuki had a technical problem with the bike causing him to slow down and cross the line in seventh place.
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager, JiR Team Scot
Yuki demonstrated today how strong he truly is! He was able to ride an aggressive race and also to over-ride his physical problems, which came from his crash yesterday and the stomach complaint he had the day before. He also took the provisional best lap time six laps before the end of the race. I'm sure he gave his maximum as he asked everything of the bike. The technical problem we had makes us unhappy, as it could have been one of our best races. We will now analyse the bike to find out what the problem is."
Yuki Takahashi - Rider, JiR Team Scot 250GP
7th Position: 4th fastest lap - 2' 16.567"
"How unlucky! I'm very sorry for my team as here in China they worked like crazy for me and I was able to ride a very well set up bike. I started well and didn't push too hard, as I didn't want to take risks and crash, as the conditions were very difficult. There was a lot of stress in the race as everybody wanted to lead. I saw Kallio try and pull away and I decided to push harder so I wouldn't lose the leading group. I rode a good, hard race, I was feeling well despite the crash from yesterday and I was able to sit in third position. I was able to use the slipstream on the long straight and was able to maintain a good rhythm, but then on the last corner something stopped working and I slipped down to seventh position."
Gianni Berti - Technical Co-ordinator, JiR Team Scot
"In practice we were able to set up the bike and our Honda RS250RW had very good performance. I feel our technical package was perfect despite the poor race conditions. I want to say the job done by the team was excellent and if Yuki didn't crash yesterday he would have started from a better position on grid and maybe then we could have done even better. Let me say Yuki did a fantastic job for us today!"