Ayumu’s podium hopes scuppered by long lap penalty in #AustrianGP
The Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo of Ayumu Sasaki and Deniz Öncü delivered a breathtaking race today at the Red Bull Ring, fighting for the podium and even the win in a stunning way, yet sadly Ayumu ended up finishing in P14.
Ayumu, who came from the 6th row of the grid, made up a lot of ground in the first half of the race to catch up with the front. Being in second position he had to swallow a long lap penalty due to exceeding track limits with three laps to go, which put him back to 21st. With a strong effort, he did his fastest time on the lap and finally managed to secure three points on the line
“Today I had an incredible race! I think it was my best race in the World Championship so far. I had a great feeling with the bike, the team did an amazing job and I felt good from the first lap, so I tried to catch the front. I knew that it’s a big group, I tried to manage my position and tried to pass as many riders as I can. On the last five laps, I arrived at the front and tried to push, catching up. With five laps to go, I was in P1, so I thought ‘Now it’s time to calm down and try to fight for the last lap’. But then I got the long lap penalty. I still don’t know why, so we need to check for that. About our race, we did a fantastic job and even after the long lap, I managed to pass six or seven riders in two laps and we finished inside the points. Yes, it’s important to finish inside the points and I think the pace was faster than the one from the winner. I guess, we have to be proud on that. The lucky thing is, that we have one more race here next week. We will for sure try to fight for the podium again.”