Ayumu Sasaki secures provisional Q2 entry for #StyrianGP at the Red Bull Ring

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The Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo of Ayumu Sasaki and Deniz Öncü started the second week in Spielberg, Austria successfully with Ayumu taking the 14th fastest lap time in the combined standings of the first two Free Practice sessions in the Moto3 World Championship.

Sasaki managed to go quicker in the hotter afternoon practice, ending up just 0.118 seconds behind his teammate in P14, which makes him securing the final provisional Q2 spot ahead of Qualifying day tomorrow.

Ayumu Sasaki

“Overall, it has been a good day. I tried to focus on myself and tried to improve what I needed to improve after last weekend. The conditions are a bit different than one week ago, so also my feelings on the bike changed a bit, although I tried to adapt in FP2. In the second outing of the second Free Practice session, we had a great improvement. On top of that, we did a long run with decent lap times on an old tyre, so I’m happy with it. My last lap was quite ok, but not enough. Tomorrow we need to improve again, but at least, we are in Q2 for the moment, in case the weather tomorrow morning is not as nice as today. We are still working on a few things, but we are coming and I’m happy that we could finish FP2 in P9.”