Ayumu Sasaki scores season best with 6th in Le Mans #FrenchGP
Following a strong display in Qualifying yesterday to start from the third row of the grid, Ayumu Sasaki concluded the home round for Red Bull KTM Tech3 with a fantastic sixth position.
After losing some places on the opening lap, the Japanese youngster mounted back from 10th to 6th in the first half of the race, but then had to avoid another rider and lost ground again. With strong lap times throughout the 22 laps, he managed to fight back up to sixth on the line, bringing home his personal best of 2020.
“Today has been one of the best race weekends with Red Bull KTM Tech3, after we were very strong in Austria as well. Yesterday I had my best Qualifying this year and I was confident from the start. I missed a bit on the first three laps, but then I could catch the group. The first group was fast, the pace was incredible. I think it was almost one second faster on every lap compared to last year and I was inside the top group, which made me very happy. In the race, I tried to plan a few things to be on the podium, because I knew I’m capable to do it. I started very well, but one rider had a problem with the bike, I tried to escape from this scary moment and lost a few positions. From there, I could catch the front group again, but then was struggling a lot, because everybody was fighting on the last three laps. Still, we could be in the front group, fighting for the podium and even the win, so I’m very happy. Finally, I could show, that I’m improving after these difficult races recently. Hopefully, the next two races, it will be the same and we can fight for a podium again.”