Ayumu Sasaki makes strong charge to 11th in Brno
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing duo of Ayumu Sasaki and teammate John McPhee have had a weekend of highs and lows at the Czech Grand Prix, ending the event at the Automotodrom Brno with 11th and an unfortunate retirement.
Ayumu was able to put his plan into action from the moment the lights went out and made up for disappointment in qualifying to charge through the field from 24th place to the fight for the lead. Just losing out in the final laps, he took the safe option as he managed his tyre degradation and finished the race just outside the top ten in a solid 11th place.
The 2019 Moto3 season resumes in only five days time, as McPhee and Sasaki head to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix. Track action there gets underway on Friday 9th August.
“In the race I managed to follow the front group, but I just didn’t quite have the pace alone to fight. I was able to work my way forwards and get to the front of the second group towards the end, but I couldn’t close down on the leaders. I struggled with pace through the weekend and never felt strong enough or fast enough. Ending up in 11th isn’t a great result, but coming from 24th on the grid it’s not too bad. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t give the team a better result, but I did my best and I’m happy to be able to go straight into another race weekend.”