Sixteenth on the #AustrianGP grid for Ayumu Sasaki
Ayumu Sasaki landed on 16th in Q2 at the Red Bull Ring today, ready to start tomorrow’s 23 laps race at 11:00 local time from the front of the sixth row on the grid.
Following a wet and tricky Free Practice 3 this morning, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 pair delivered a thrilling performance in Q1 at lunch time today, which saw Sasaki finishing in second, having the chance to fight for the top spots in Qualifying two. Ayumu nearly matched his great 1:37.111 from Q1 to equal his best starting position this year so far with 16th.
“We had a difficult FP3 toady in the wet conditions. But we were sure, that we have a good pace on dry tarmac, so we knew that we could do well. Together with Deniz in Q1 we did a great job. In the first outing of Q2 Deniz had a really strong lap, which is great for him. In the end, we didn’t finish exactly were we wanted, as there are still some issues for me on the bike. I think if we can solve that, we can finish in the top group tomorrow, so we try to see what we can do for the race. I feel quite good, but not perfect at the moment, so we will try to fix everything and be ready for the home GP of Red Bull and KTM.”