Disappointing Americas GP for Ayumu
In contrast to the intense rain that fell on Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas, the Sunday action in Austin took place under sunny conditions for the Moto3 World Championship riders. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing duo experienced mixed fortunes in the third race of the year: sadly Ayumu Sasaki would crash out with only two laps remaining.
On the opening laps of the Moto3 race, a large group formed that consisted of 19 riders, including Ayumu and teammate John McPhee. As the laps went by, the leading riders made their attack, stretching the group that the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing pair were at the back of – McPhee in 18th and Sasaki in 19th.
This prevented both riders from closing in on the top spots, although McPhee would fight for 12th place – eventually finishing 14th. Sasaki was one of eight riders to crash out of the demanding race, going to ground at Turn 6 on the penultimate lap, whilst riding in 16th.
Having completed the Americas GP, Ayumu Sasaki now lies 15th in the overall standings with 11 points, whilst John McPhee is 20th, with 5. The next event for the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders will be the Spanish Grand Prix on the 5th May.
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“I made a good start and immediately gained some positions. I was feeling comfortable riding up until the sixth lap, when I noticed that something didn’t feel right on my bike. I had a lot of chattering and I had to use a lot of strength to control the bike. That meant that my arms were exhausted as the laps went by and I had to lower my pace. I slotted into 16th and just tried to hold my position there in case something happened at the front, so that I could claim some points. Unfortunately I lost control of the bike going into the corner and I went to the ground. This afternoon we will look at the telemetry to see what happened. It was a difficult weekend, especially due to the weather conditions yesterday, but we will come back stronger for the start of the European rounds.”