Current World number three Takahisa Fujinami was out of luck again for the second round in a row, as he placed a lowly sixth at the Portuguese Grand Prix. The highly flamboyant Japanese rider has yet to find his form this season, with third, fifth and sixth positions over the opening three counting days. Many had predicted that the twenty-nine year old could pose a serious threat to his team mate Toni Bou and other title hopeful Adam Raga, but in reality this has not happened of yet.
The normally happy Fujinami was thoughtful with his comment. “It’s a big disaster, even worse than in Ireland. It is hard for me to explain just what the problem is, but it is clear that my concentration has been far from its best today. Like I said at the last round, I simply have no confidence on the bike, but that is due to me and not the bike as again we have had no problems with that today. My first lap was bad, but my second lap was even worse, as the sections were much easier and drier on the second visit. I need to change something before the next GP, but I am not sure what that is?”