Tough race for Ryuichi Kiyonari and Yuki Takahashi on Saturday at Jerez
On the opening day of round 6 of the WorldSBK season, Yuki Takahashi was back in action at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto for the first time in six years, his last appearance at the Spanish track having been in Moto2 in 2013.
The Japanese rider, who is substituting for a recovering Leon Camier, finished fifteenth in the morning and seventeenth at the conclusion of the first two free practice sessions.
Ryuichi Kiyonari, who is facing the Spanish track for the very first time, positioned sixteenth in FP1 and nineteenth at the end of the day.
The two riders hope to improve on both their bike set-up and performance in tomorrow’s final practice ahead of the Tissot Superpole at 11am and Race 1 at 2pm.
“I feel sorry for everyone in the team and at home for today’s result which is far from what we are aiming for. I’m disappointed because after the test in Misano we had some setups for the bike to try here that actually helped us make some small improvements, albeit with some ups and downs, during the three free practice stints. This morning our race pace was at least constant and my feeling on the bike not so bad. Then during the race, I suffered from a lack of grip and also struggled in braking. It was a tough race. Having said that, tomorrow I’ll try again, as I continue to do my best.”
“The crash was a pity because I really wanted to finish the race and collect as much information as possible for the team. Luckily it was not a hard fall, I lost the front and slipped off at turn one. I’m ok and the bike was not too badly damaged either. The result aside, one that we’re not happy with us of course, we gained useful experience and tomorrow we will try some big setting changes. I think this is my main goal for the weekend, to work as well as possible on the bike’s setup and to give the engineers as much feedback as possible.”