Solid finish for Ayumu Sasaki in Japan
Ayumu Sasaki had a solid finish to his Japanese Grand Prix weekend for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, coming home in today’s race at the Twin Ring Motegi in thirteenth to help consolidate his position in the 2019 Moto3 World Championship standings.
Ayumu made a strong start from P18 on the grid, picking his way through the field to get into the battle for the top ten as the leading group pulled away. Moving up to 11th as the last lap commenced, he just lost out in the final corners to finish his home race in 13th. Scoring points for the sixth time in eight races, his result maintains his own place inside the top twenty in the World Championship as well as helping PETRONAS Sprinta Racing to move into fifth in the teams’ championship race.
The Moto3 World Championship continues next weekend in Australia at Phillip Island. Action gets underway on Friday 25th October ahead of Sunday 27th October’s race.
“Losing out on Saturday when it rained meant that our setting for the dry conditions today wasn’t good enough, and I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to in the race. We made some changes after warm-up to try and improve the bike, but it didn’t go the way we hoped and I couldn’t attack hard enough in the race. I made a good start but I hit a bit of a wall and had to work hard to maintain my pace and my position. The last few laps were an incredible battle for the top ten, but I made a little mistake that cost me a few places. Considering that the bike set-up wasn’t perfect, we can be positive about the result and aim to make some changes for Australia and improve there.”