Windy opening day in Barcelona for Ayumu Sasaki
The Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo of Ayumu Sasaki and Deniz Öncü experienced a tricky Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today.
Ayumu landed inside the top 20 this morning and did his fastest lap of the day in FP1. Yet, the increasing wind didn’t facilitate proceedings for the Moto3 World Championship riders this afternoon and the Japanese youngster was unable to improve further during the second session.
“Overall it was a positive day. We struggled a lot in FP1 and this track is really one of the difficult ones for me in the calendar, mainly due to the layout. The KTM requires a completely different riding style here, so in FP1 I found out, that I need to change. In FP2, I was happy, because I managed to adapt quite quickly and we also improved the bike quite a lot. With the work we did, I think we made a big step forward towards the race on Sunday. When we put the new tyre in at the end, we had a yellow flag, so I couldn’t lower my lap time. Anyway, I felt good, although I have to admit that I was a bit worried after FP1. Now I have more confidence and know that I can do well. Let’s focus on tomorrow and hope the wind is not bothering as much as today. Hopefully we can be in Q2 straight away.”