Published on 11 Dec 2012 by Toni M.
Since being forced out halfway out of of his rookie season in MotoGP in 2009 (to make room for Gabor Talmacsi), Yuki Takahashi has switched to three different Moto2 teams in three years. He spent 2010 with Tech3 where he took a first place at Catalunya and second place at Brno finishing 12th overall. 2011 saw him on Gresini’s Moriwaki and finish 11th overall with two podiums, while 2012 was his most disastrous year ever since his debut in GP racing as he finished 30th overall with Forward Racing’s FTR machine.
However the Japanese rider will once again be in Moto2 in 2013 as Honda Asia Team Tady - run by 1997 500cc World championship runner-up Tadayuki Okada - has decided to give Takahashi who tested the team’s Moriwaki MD600 bike during the post-season test at Valencia an opportunity to continue in the series.
Honda Asia Team Tady has been set up to help promote Japanese talent in the World championship which has seen their numbers dwindle in recent years and it will also be Moriwaki’s chancce to return to the grid as their chassis, after winning the inaugural Moto2 championship with Gresini’s Toni Elias, has slowly and progressively been dropped over the past two seasons by teams for other chassis makers.