Ayumu sets to work in Jerez test
With the first day of IRTA test today, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s new duo of Ayumu Sasaki and teammate Deniz Öncü were back on track following two days of private test at the Circuit de Jerez – Angel Nieto on Monday and Tuesday this week. Ayumu completed 37 laps and managed to break the 1:47 mark, ending up just 0.263 seconds behind Öncü.
“We had two days testing before the IRTA test, which was nearly the first time riding the KTM bike for me, after we just had a rainy test in November and I was doing just a few laps with a broken hand. The first day, it wasn’t easy to come back in a good shape after this long break, but the team did a great job to help me. We made a big step on the first day and improved by nearly 1.5 seconds on day two. Today we went more than half a second faster again, this is huge. We did a great job today again, but towards the end, we arrived at a point, where we need to check the data and try to find out what is happening in order to figure out what I can improve and what we can do improve on the bike. Hopefully, tomorrow and Friday can be even better.”