Ayumu Sasaki lines up on ninth row of the Valencia grid after tricky Saturday

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Ayumu Sasaki missed out on a direct entry to Qualifying two at Valencia this morning by just 0.134 seconds as he got his fastest lap of FP3 cancelled. The Japanese tried to fight in Q1, but went down early. On the way to his fastest lap, he had another massive crash, which saw his chances fading away.

Luckily, a medical check didn’t reveal any serious injuries. Yet, he will have to start the final round together with his Red Bull KTM Tech3 crew from row nine tomorrow at 11.00 local time.

Ayumu Sasaki

“I have not too much to say. I crashed in the first outing and in the second one as well and even better. I just tried to do my best, but somehow it didn’t work very well. In the beginning, I knew that I had some issues with the setup in the entry. I guess on the second outing, I was pushing too much on the exit to recover what I lost in the entry and then I highsided. I don’t understand it yet. At least, I don’t feel too much pain, so I guess I’m ok for tomorrow, which is the most important thing. From the back of the grid, it will be very difficult to catch the front, but I believe everything is possible. I just have to stay calm now and to prepare for tomorrow.”