Points finish for Ayumu Sasaki in #EmiliaRomagnaGP

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Ayumu Sasaki, who came from far down the grid of today’s GP, lost one place in the opening lap, but made up for it quickly to battle inside the top 15 throughout all the 23 laps of the eighth round of the 2020 Moto3 World Championship season. The Japanese youngster eventually crossed the finish line in a decent P14, which earns him two more points to his championship account.

Ayumu Sasaki

“Today has been a tough race, especially from halfway point on. I started quite good, was following the front group, but then we lost a bit of contact to them. At the same time, I started to struggle to shift down. I don’t know what the issue was, as my clutch felt quite hard and it wasn’t easy. When you can’t shift down like normal, you start to struggle, because the engine brake is working differently. In the last six, seven laps, I couldn’t do anything, but at least I could finish the race inside the points. I’m disappointed, because in the beginning of the race, the bike was working very well. In terms of setting, we improved from Warm Up and found a good way. So, the end was just not, what we were hoping for, but after two DNFs we could finish the race with two points, which is a positive point. We need to move on to the race next week and try to be better in Barcelona.”