Race comeback for Yuki Takahashi at Catalan Grand Prix After two days of practice during which Yuki Takahashi has shown continuous progress and qualified on the second row of the Grand Prix, during the warm-up this morning with a damp track...
Race comeback for Yuki Takahashi at Catalan Grand Prix
After two days of practice during which Yuki Takahashi has shown continuous progress and qualified on the second row of the Grand Prix, during the warm-up this morning with a damp track thanks to overnight rain, the JiR Team Scot rider showed with rain tyres a very good pace. The race under a blazing sun saw the Japanese rider start well and he was fourth into the first turn but half way through the first lap he contacted with Roberto Locatelli, forcing the Japanese rider off the track, leaving him in 23rd and last position. Yuki didn't surrender and he started his inexorable fight-back to finish at the flag in 12th place. This was a race that showed the combative character of Yuki Takahashi that now already looks to the next race in Great Britain.
Cirano Mularoni - Team Manager, JiR Team Scot
"This is a result that doesn't repay us for the good work in the previous two days. Yuki's team prepared the bike with attention to detail and professionalism. We were expecting a better result and the contact on the first lap cancelled our ambition for today. Yuki came back well and I'm sure these will still be important championship points. Now we will improve at our maximum and not surrender so we can recover the positions in the championship that we have lost. I feel our team are very motivated with Yuki so this will happen."
Yuki Takahashi - Rider, JiR Team Scot 250GP
12th position. 14th fastest lap: 1'48"191
"I want to thank the team for the great job they did this weekend and I'm sad I was not able to give them a great result that here at Barcelona was in our grasp. I started very well, fourth at the first corner but coming into a corner Locatelli was just a little bit wide from his normal line and I saw a space to make an overtake but when I was very near to him he recovered his position and regained the line for the corner and it was impossible to avoid him. I went off the track without falling and I got back into the race but I was last and it was difficult! I rode well but my rhythm could have been better if I was with the leaders. The bike was well prepared so thank you to the team once more. After the race I went to see Roberto to apologise because he fell and couldn't continue the race. Now we have to look to Donington Park."
Gianni Berti - Technical Co-ordinator, JiR Team Scot
"My compliments to the team which has worked very well and Yuki who has not surrendered despite the incident today. We developed the bike well and if we didn't have the contact Yuki could have fought with the lead group and taken a better race rhythm like he showed during the practice days."