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Takahashi looking to improve for home race

Yuki Takahashi is eager to give his local fans something to celebrate when he makes his Japanese Grand Prix debut at Motegi as a MotoGP rider.

As the only Japanese rider on the premier grid this season, Takahashi is hoping that the expected support will motivate him on to a good result aboard Scot Racing Honda.

His record on home ground is respectable too, scoring top six finishes during the past two seasons. Having scored a point on his debut in Qatar, Takahashi is confident of adding to his tally at Motegi.

“Motegi is my home race and I have my fans here. So you can imagine how important a good race will be for me. We used to come to Japan later in the season when it is warmer. I hope the meteorological condition will be good - not too cold.

“In Qatar I understood several things about my Honda. If you add to it the fact that I know very well this track, you can understand why I'm confident of having a good race”.


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thadynamitekid - Unregistered

April 22, 2009 12:35 PM

If they really just had to have a Japanese rider on a Honda this year, why didn't they just keep Nakano. This guy was decent on 250s but he is way out of his league. He has been battling with Canepa for the safety car position all winter.

Plaggie - Unregistered

April 22, 2009 7:19 PM

It's a great pity that he didn't ride an Aprillia last year. In most races you could see him make up ground by the steering. But he was down in accleration. Still a good showing from him. But I don't think he's an class act rider like Dovizoso, Lorenzo, Simoncelli, Kallio or Bautista. He's struggling right know, but hopefully makes a step here in Motegi. It would be good to see him inside top 10, but thats not easy.



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