14th on the Austin grid for Ayumu Sasaki
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki increased his confidence with each session today. He lowered his Free Practice time during the third session this morning by 1.487 seconds to end up in P13 and thus skip Q1 like his teammate. The Japanese managed to shave off 0.345 seconds again in Qualifying two, to land just 0.202 seconds behind his teammate in P14, which means he’ll line up in row five for tomorrow’s 17 laps race at 11:00 local time (18:00 CET).
“I think it was a good day. I improved a lot on the bike. After the crash of yesterday, I don’t feel 100 percent. Obviously, P14 is not what we are looking for, but it’s not bad. I think the bike is good enough to fight in the front group. I just need a small adjustment, but the bike is working in the right way and I think I will feel better tomorrow. I guess that’s going to help me as well. I need to fully focus again on Sunday. Hopefully, we can have a good race tomorrow.