It was another step forward for Tomoyoshi Koyama and Team JiR at today’s Australian Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old Japanese rider finished the race once more on his NH6-chassied Team JiR Moto2 machine and took more time from his best lap of the weekend. The team will now pack up and head to next weekend’s Malaysian round of the Moto2 World Championship.
In the race, championship leader Esteve Rabat was denied the chance to win the title here in Australia despite a third place finish as his team-mate Mika Kallio was close behind in fourth. The winner of the Australian Grand Prix was Maverick Vinales with Thomas Luthi in second. Britain’s Sam Lowes took fifth place.
Andrea Viviani Teluru team JiR Webike Technical Engineer
“The race started in the dry so we changed something more on the machine after warm up and had good expectations for the race. Koyama said the bike was not fast enough on the straight but our bike had good suspension setting for the corners and could hold a line much better than the others so we were happy with the improvement. During the race we suffered a little on the straights but Tomoyoshi was able to make many passes in the group he was in so he was happy with the machine. We followed advice from both Dunlop and Ohlins engineers and were very happy with the tyres. We will hope to make some more positive changes in time for next weekend’s race in Malaysia.”
Tomoyoshi Koyama, Teluru team JiR Webike’s rider. Best lap time 1m 34.857s
“The race was not so bad. This morning we made some big changes with the chassis to give it better feeling and made some rear suspension setting changes just before the race – which again made it better. It gave me a much more confident feeling so I could go faster but it didn’t’ help top speed – we will try and improve this feeling still further for the next race in Malaysia.”
Grand Prix of Australia, Phillip Island race results
1: Maverick VINALES – 39’10.419
2: Thomas LUTHI - + 1.329s
3: Esteve RABAT - +1.504s
4: Mika KALLIO - + 1.842s
5: Sam LOWES - + 3.292s
24: Tomoyoshi KOYAMA - + 51.496s
World Championship standings after Australian round
1: Esteve RABAT – 310
2: Mika KALLIO – 269
3: Maverick VINALES – 249
4: Thomas LUTHI – 161
5: Dominique AEGERTER – 151