Thai GP weekend ends in disappointment for Ayumu with DNF

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The Thailand Grand Prix has ended in heartbreak for both Ayumu Sasaki and teammate John McPhee after both PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders failed to finish at the Buriram International Circuit.

Sasaki was left with nothing to show for his day despite a great start to the race, making up for a back-of-the-grid penalty by moving from P28 to inside the top ten in only a few laps. Sitting in P7 and closing down on the leaders, he made a small mistake on lap 15 that took him out of the race so was unable to convert his speed into what would have been a strong result.

McPhee and Sasaki will return to Moto3 action at the Grand Prix of Japan on 20th October, with practice getting underway at the Twin Ring Motegi on 18th October.

Ayumu Sasaki
“I’m really disappointed because I made a great start and we were so strong at the beginning of the race. It was a tough weekend after a small mistake on Friday put us on the back of the grid, but my crew did an incredible job all weekend and they helped me to focus again for the race. They didn’t give up, and it made me realise I had to do the same. I had a good rhythm and made it through to seventh, but I knew I had to push a little bit more to catch the front group and get onto the podium. I made an error and I’m so disappointed, but I need to put it behind me and prepare for the next race, especially as it’s my home race.”