As Takahashi is back on the grid
In the 250cc class Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) lies a mere seven points behind leader Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) after mounting a title challenge of grit and consistency. With five races left Dovi is as ready as ever to
take the fight to his Spanish rival.
He said, "I like Sepang and in 2004, when I was riding in the 125cc class, I set a pole position lap time that's still unbeaten. It's a fast track, where the Honda is penalized in terms of engine power compared to the Aprilia due to the high temperatures. But I'm confident and motivated for this Malaysian race, because the second place at Brno made me understand that if we take full advantage of the potential of the bike we can aim high and my team's abilities make a big difference."
His team-mate Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) returns to action and said, "I enjoyed watching the Czech Republic race at home, but I would have preferred to be on the starting grid along with my colleagues. It has been very important, though, to stay in Japan and finish the rehabilitation, because now I'm ready and physically I feel very good."
Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW), who currently lies tenth in the points table said, "I've never been to Malaysia before, but I think it may be as difficult as the circuit in Brno.
I've been covering thousands of laps at the circuit with the Playstation and I've also been watching videos from previous races so we'll have to wait and see what we can do here once the race weekend starts."
Shuhei's team-mate Martin Cardenas (Repsol Honda RS250RW) said, "Last year I liked Malaysia a lot. I made a good race, so I hope that things will work out well this year too. After the result of the last race in Brno where the aim was finishing the race and I finally achieved a good result – seventh – I obviously arrive in Malaysia in high spirits and with confidence to make a good race."
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