Ayumu pulls in the points with seventh in Australia
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee secured a sizeable haul of Moto3 World Championship points at today’s Australian Grand Prix, battling their way through an epic race at Phillip Island with Ayumu finally scuring seventh.
Ayumu made a lightning start to the race despite qualifying back in 24th in yesterday’s weather-hit session and was able to soon burst through to find himself alongside his team-mate in the fight for the podium. Picking his way through to start the last lap on McPhee’s heels, another rider’s crash right in front of him meant that he was just distanced from the group in front and was forced to settle for seventh place, 1.019 secs from the win.
The 2019 Moto3 World Championship returns to action in only five days’ time at PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s home event, with action getting underway at the Sepang International Circuit on Friday 1st November ahead of the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday 3rd November.
“We had a difficult start to the weekend, but thanks to the team’s hard work I knew I would be starting the race with a setting that would let me do well. I had to push hard from the beginning to catch the group, and I was able to get into a rhythm and chase them down. My aim, as soon as I got into the pack was to stay in the top five. I went into the first corner on the last lap in fifth, but I just couldn’t find a clean line. Then another rider crashed in front of me and I lost the group a little. It’s a pity about the result because I was there in the race. Considering how tough the weekend was and where we were on the grid, it was a good result – but I’m a little disappointed because my goal was to be on the podium.”