Interesting opening day of Emilia Romagna GP for Ayumu Sasaki

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In bright Italian sunshine, Ayumu Sasaki started out the second Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli well inside the top 10 and with a fastest time of 1:42.277 the Japanese confirmed his provisional Q2 spot in FP2 this afternoon, although he had to sit out the first 15 minutes of the session due to a penalty from last weekend.

Ayumu Sasaki

“It was a positive first day. We did well in FP1, changed small things from last week and tried to improve a bit, because for sure the top guys will be faster here this weekend. In FP1, we tried and some things were working well, so we found a way to improve compared to last week, which is a good start. We still need to be quicker on a single fast lap, because we are P11 in the combined standings, so it’s tight for Q2. Our target this week is to be in Q2 straight away, as in the race we are quite strong. So, we focus fully on Qualifying. We still need to find a small extra and then I think we are quite ready for the race.”