Unlucky raceday for Ayumu in San Marino
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki was starting from P21 on the grid of today’s San Marino GP, showed some great initial speed and was fighting quickly through the field until he arrived at the top group. Battling it out for 10th position and having the pace to keep up with the front, the Japanese talent was unlucky one more time to get hit by another rider in turn eight of the seventh lap, which ended his chase for glory early.
“We had a good start. In the first lap, we had a small accident in the front, but I avoided it very well. I think we gained 12 positions on the first four laps and I was around P10, had a good pace, catching the front and keeping calm. But bad luck stroke again and one guy hit me from the back. I don’t have eyes behind me, so I can’t really see it. I don’t know how he hit me, but it was similar to what happened in Austria and I couldn’t do anything. It’s tough. We had a good pace again. Now the only thing we can do is to keep the motivation up and try to improve Saturday’s Qualifying, which is still not perfect. With the Qualifying we created some issues, because in the race, we were there. Our race pace is amazing with this bike right now, but on one lap we are struggling a bit more, so we need to fix this. We had a good chance to fight for the win here, so we need to keep positive and focused. I’ll try to do the same next week, where we hopefully have some better luck.”