Rain affects proceedings for Ayumu Sasaki on day one in Le Mans

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Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki did a first full wet session aboard his KTM at the famous Le Mans circuit this morning and struggled to get close to the top as well, but showed some decent progress in Free Practice two, finishing just one second behind his teammate.

The Japanese youngster aims to get closer to the front during the third session tomorrow morning in order to be well prepared for the all-important Qualifying on home soil for Red Bull KTM Tech3.

Ayumu Sasaki

“It was a tricky first day with the weather. The first practice in the rain was almost my first time in these conditions with the KTM bike, so I needed to understand everything a little bit, but I got used to it in the end. We had many things to improve and we did it. I was not happy with the result, but with the way we were working. In FP2, it was even more difficult, as it was drying and in the last 15 minutes, we could go out with a slick tyre. We were improving quite a lot. The result doesn’t mean a lot to me today, as with just one more lap, I probably could have made it to P10. Everybody was improving one or two seconds per lap, sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are not. Overall, it was not so bad. I’m looking forward to FP3 now, as we have the Q2 pace. So hopefully, we can ride with slicks tomorrow morning and try to go through directly.”