No happy ending for Ayumu Sasaki despite strong fight in Jerez
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Moto3 pilot Ayumu Sasaki delivered a strong display in today’s Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía, but unfortunately didn’t have the chance to earn his deserved laurels.
Ayumu was just a few positions behind his teammate Oncu from the start, eager to stick with the front group and fighting for what could have been a possible top 10 result, he got taken out by another rider on the eighth lap. The Japanese youngster managed to jump on his KTM again and continued the race from the back of the field, but came in after 16 laps.
“Today we unfortunately crashed out in turn one. I was caught by another rider, so it wasn’t my mistake, but this can happen in racing. We choose the hard tyre to race again this week. In the beginning of the race, I was trying not to lose too many positions, keep calm and stay there. I knew that from the middle of the race, I would have the pace to come back. Last week around halftime I was P19 or P20, so this time I was in a place, which was a lot closer and only two seconds to the front, so I thought I can stay and for sure later I have the chance to fight back. Vietti, who finished third, was just in front of me with a hard tyre at that point. So, I was expecting to be in the front at the end, but I crashed quite early, so we don’t know where we could end up. Overall, the weekend was positive, we improved many things, I just need to stay focused, the season is short and I’m a bit disappointed that I couldn’t get any points. But I will just continue to work hard and try to catch the front as soon as possible.”