Tech 3 Racing rider Yuki Takahashi showed all of his battling qualities to salvage a top 20 finish in an exciting Moto2 race at the Silverstone circuit today. Starting from 38th on the grid, Takahashi used all his experience to pull off a series...
Tech 3 Racing rider Yuki Takahashi showed all of his battling qualities to salvage a top 20 finish in an exciting Moto2 race at the Silverstone circuit today.
Starting from 38th on the grid, Takahashi used all his experience to pull off a series of impressive overtakes to move himself up the rankings throughout the 18-lap encounter, run in sunny but cool conditions at the fast and technical Silverstone track.
Takahashi had qualified on the third row but had all of his fast laps cancelled in yesterday's qualifying session for using a tarmac area behind the kerb at the Club Corner.
The Japanese rider never gave up despite facing a tough challenge to score points and he managed to fight his way back through to a respectable 22nd before a last lap incident promoted him into the top 20. Takahashi finished 18th having just failed to get the better of Anthony West in an exciting duel with the Australian rider.
Raffaele de Rosa started from 36th position on the grid but a brilliant start helped the Italian quickly move his Tech 3 Racing machine through the field.
He gained nine places in the opening two laps and found himself in 26th on the third lap. Unfortunately he was unable to maintain his impressive early pace and he dropped down the rankings to finish 28th. The Tech 3 Racing Team is determined to bounce back with a strong performance next weekend when the world championship moves to the Dutch TT at the legendary Assen circuit.
Yuki Takahashi 18th -- 21-points
"I did everything I could to get the best result possible but starting from almost last makes it an impossible task. I just tried to find a consistent pace to get some good information for the Tech 3 Racing Team but I felt after qualifying that we deserved a lot better. I'm sure had I been much further up the grid I could have been in the second group at least and battling for the top ten. I tried my best and managed to overtake a few riders and it was an exciting battle with West. At least we don't have much time to dwell on this weekend with Assen coming so quickly. Hopefully we can show our true potential and build up some momentum."
Raffaele de Rosa 28th -- 0-points
"I knew from the practice it was going to be a difficult race because I was unable to find a good pace throughout the weekend despite all the hard work and effort from my Tech 3 Racing crew. Unfortunately I couldn't test everything we had planned with a couple of crashes so I was struggling in the race on corner entry. I want to enter the corner fast but the bike didn't turn very well and I was finding it hard to hold a tight line. We need to understand some of the problems I'm having to try and improve my results at the next races."
Herve Poncharal -- Team Manager
"Starting from 38th it was a mission impossible to hope that Yuki could score some points. But I'd like to give Yuki credit because he never gave up and he made a lot of overtakes which we know is not an easy task in the Moto2 class. Raffaele has managed to finish but it was a tough weekend but once again he has not scored points and we are finding it hard to help him go faster and feel confident with the bike. Tech 3 Racing will never give up and we will work as hard as always to try and help Yuki and Raffaele improve their results. It was an incredible race in front and I'm sure the British fans enjoyed their first experience of Moto2. It is a shame that we were not part of the fight but hopefully we'll be much closer at Assen next weekend."
-source: tech 3