Ayumu closes difficult #ValenciaGP weekend with 19th position race result
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki came from P26 on the grid in today’s Valencia GP, making his way into the top 20 quickly after the start and even went on towards P16 until he got a long lap penalty, which made him eventually losing his chances to fight for championship points. The Japanese youngster saw the chequered flag in 19th.
“For me it was a difficult weekend and it was harder than I expected. Friday was already not easy and on Saturday I couldn’t really find a decent rhythm, so we ended up in 26th, which cost us a lot today. I started quite well, but then I was inside a big group. A few riders in the front were slower than me, so it was difficult to manage my pace, plus I had some contact to other riders. Then I got the long lap penalty and everything went just wrong. We definitely had the speed, as you could see in Warm Up, where we ended up in P1. So, I’m very disappointed, because I know we can do much better. I also did many mistakes this weekend. Now we need to focus on the next round, especially on Saturday. We will have to try to do well in Qualifying and then I’m sure we can have a better race.“