Yuki Takahashi shows fighting spirit at Mugello Tech 3 Racing rider Yuki Takahashi showed tremendous fighting spirit to claim a hard earned but deserved top ten finish in today's Italian Moto2 race at Mugello. Starting from a lowly 19th on the...
Yuki Takahashi shows fighting spirit at Mugello
Tech 3 Racing rider Yuki Takahashi showed tremendous fighting spirit to claim a hard earned but deserved top ten finish in today's Italian Moto2 race at Mugello.
Starting from a lowly 19th on the grid, Takahashi produced a breathtaking first lap to claim seven places that set him up perfectly for a sustained attack on his second top ten finish in the ultra-competitive Moto2 class.
The Japanese rider was locked in a thrilling fight with Alex de Angelis, Alex Debon, Julian Simon and Hector Faubel when he made a brilliant and decisive late attack to claim eighth position.
He passed Simon on lap 19 and then brilliantly moved by de Angelis and Debon in quick succession on the penultimate lap to secure eight vital world championship points for the Tech 3 Racing Team.
A large home crowd at the spectacular Mugello circuit didn't provide the platform for Raffaele de Rosa to score his first top 15 finish of the season.
The Italian lost several places on a typically frantic first lap and as he produced a determined effort to fight his way back into the top 20, he crashed out of 22nd position on the 12th lap.
Yuki Takahashi 8th -- 21-points
"When you consider the problems that I've been experiencing throughout the whole weekend, I've got to be really happy with this result, even if it is not the outcome we all want at Tech 3 Racing. We found a good setting for the race and the chatter issue I had before was quite a lot less and this enabled me to find a reasonably good pace and at least put up a strong fight in the group I was in. Debon, Simon and de Angelis all have a lot of experience so it was not easy, so I'm happy to finish at the front of the second group. I know we have the potential to fight in the top group and that is where I'm aiming to be at the next race in Silverstone."
Raffaele de Rosa DNF -- 0-points
"Today is another big disappointment for me and I am upset not to have finished my home race and build some confidence. I had a really bad chatter from the front-end and nothing like we'd experienced during the weekend. The bike had the same setting as yesterday and this morning when I didn't have a problem, so this is very strange. I've checked the data and we can see the chatter but we need to do a deeper analysis to understand exactly what caused the problem. It is a shame because I was very confident but we have to move on and try and bounce back strongly for the next race in Silverstone."
Herve Poncharal -- Team Manager
"We knew it was going to be a tough mission for Yuki from 19th on the grid but he has done an amazing race. He might have been able to fight with the front group if he was a bit higher up the grid but unfortunately a crash at the end of qualifying made his job today difficult. But he was aggressive and he was able to fight his way to the front of his own battle and collect some vital points for Tech 3 Racing. It is another big disappointment for Raffaele. He was super motivated to do well in front of his home crowd but he has crashed again and we have to work hard to understand his problems. But he has to learn he must finish races in order to gain experience because he is crashing too much. I have to also congratulate Andrea Iannone because he was able to open up a big gap. In what is an incredibly close class that is very difficult and he did a really good job. I'm confident with the potential of Tech 3 Racing that we will be fighting at the front again in Silverstone."
-source: tech 3