Rain interrupts progress for Ayumu Sasaki on Friday at Red Bull Ring
Just a few days after the fourth round of the season, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki and teammate Deniz Öncü have been back in action today to open the first of two Grand Prix’ in Spielberg, Austria.
Thereby, both riders were working together well throughout FP1 and FP2, targeting to improve their lap times in the second session of the day. But with rain starting to fall halfway through the second practice, Sasaki ended up in P17, just 0.273 seconds behind the top 14, who sit on their potential direct Q2 spot over night.
“The first day here in Austria we started quite ok. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do one fast lap, but in terms of race pace, we were doing well. We improved the bike and I’m happy about the way we are working. At the end of FP2 it started to rain, so we couldn’t work off the whole plan we had for today. But in the end, we finished 11th in FP2 with old tyres, so I guess we are on a good way. Hopefully we will have a dry FP3 tomorrow in order to make it to Q2, but other than that, everything is quite fine. My pace and my feeling on the track is decent and I try to focus again tomorrow to do a good job in Qualifying.”