Disappointing DNF ends great Italian GP comeback for Ayumu

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Both PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders rose up the order on Sunday at Mugello, with Ayumu Sasaki fighting strongly – until a crash four laps before the end of the race.

Ayumu would not see the chequered flag after a great comeback, as he would go down at Turn 3 with 4 laps remaining. The Japanese rider had been fighting for a spot in the top ten and had caught the leading group when a rider in front of him fell, leaving no space to avoid the incident, taking him out of the Italian GP.

Ayumu is 19th in the overall championship standings with 14 points. The next challenge for the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders will be the Catalan GP, which will be held from June 14-16th at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“First of all, I want to thank the team for their hard work, because it’s been a difficult weekend. During Friday and Saturday I lost my confidence and my pace, and this showed in qualifying. But the team never gave up and worked to give me the best possible bike. I felt good in the Warm Up and even better in the race. We started from 19th, so it was difficult to reach the front at the start. In addition, we were using the hard tyre and couldn’t go so fast at the beginning. We managed to get to the group and I was fighting for the points, and that is the most important and positive thing. The crash was very unfortunate, but that’s racing; I couldn’t avoid it. Next up is Barcelona, where we tested recently, so we just have to concentrate and try to do what we learned. I hope I can finish the coming races in the top ten.”