Sasaki takes hard fought 13th place in Austria
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Ayumu Sasaki had a strong race in the Austrian GP, rallying from a starting position of 20th to finish inside the points in 13th.
Sasaki had a tricky start to the race after being demoted from second to 20th due to penalties yesterday, but was able to get stuck into the fight and made up key places in the early laps. Never getting a chance to breathe as he scrapped for a points-scoring place all race long, he was eventually able to secure a solid end to the weekend in 13th place.
McPhee and Sasaki will return to action in two weeks’ time when they head to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, with practice commencing on Friday 23rd August before the race on Sunday 25th August.
“This weekend was really good from the start, because I had the pace to go fast and was able to be second in qualifying. But we got penalised, which was unfortunate, and the conditions in the race weren’t good. If it had been a dry race it would have been much better, but the problem was that the dry line was only one tyre wide and that makes it so hard to pass. In the end I was able to pick people off – but the guys in front had pulled too far ahead by then. It was a missed opportunity for us because without the penalty it could have been a very different day.”