Ayumu eighth on day one at Portimao

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Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki delivered a positive start to the penultimate round of the 2021 Moto3 World Championship season. Following the 11th fastest time in the Portuguese sunshine this morning, he improved by more than half a second in FP2 to conclude the opening day at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in eighth position overall, which secures him an overnight direct Q2 ticket.

Ayumu Sasaki

“I think we had a decent first day. We have been working on race pace during the day and I felt good. It’s a bit windy here, so to do a fast lap time alone is pretty difficult. But I was working on it and in the end, we improved again with a new tyre. P8 is quite good, although I have to admit, I was expecting a little bit more. At the same time, I was expecting a little bit less wind. The lap time is more or less there. Hopefully, it’s less windy tomorrow morning. I have a good feeling with the bike and I’m quite confident. I will try to improve again tomorrow morning to go straight to Q2 and hopefully we can do something very well in Qualifying as well.”