Rain interrupts progress for Ayumu on Qualifying day
Day two at the Gran Premio de Europa turned out to be another tricky challenge for the Moto3 World Championship class. Following rain at night, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo was wet for FP3, although it started to dry out in the course of this morning. Right on time for Qualifying one, the showers were coming back, so Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki and teammate Deniz Öncü couldn’t improve their positions.
While Ayumu started the short session on slicks, aiming to use the dry line, he quickly realized that it was impossible to go faster without risking too much when the rain became harder. So, Sasaki and Öncü will both have to attack tomorrow’s European GP at 11:00 local time from the ninth row of the grid.
“It has been a difficult weekend with the changing conditions. I still don’t have enough experience in the rain with this bike, so it takes me some time to understand. It’s also my fault, because some riders are understanding the behavior of the bike quicker. Anyway, I take it positive, as for the last two races and for next year it’s very important to make this experience and grow in the wet, as I know I can do good on dry tarmac. I learned many things today and I think we can improve a lot in the rain next time. In Qualifying we went out with slicks and tried to do a fast lap. We managed to do two flying laps, everybody tried their best, but I was unable to push really hard in these tricky conditions. I finished P12 in Q1, which is probably my worst Qualifying, so we can not be happy. It was just unlucky. Now we focus on the race, the weather for tomorrow looks really good. I know what I am capable of in the dry, so I will try to pass one by one.”