Ayumu closes 2021 with 10th place at the #ValenciaGP
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki had a tough mission ahead after he crashed in Qualifying and just started from P26. With a strong first lap, he already made up eight positions and was getting closer to the points with each lap.
Around halftime he was already in P14 and thanks to a consistent rhythm made it to P10 on the line, which sees him concluding his second and last season with Red Bull KTM Tech3 in ninth of the overall standings and the Red Bull KTM Tech3 Team in fourth of the Team Championship.
“It has been a really difficult race. Yesterday wasn’t a great day unfortunately, when I crashed two times in Qualifying and hurt myself a bit. Today was a difficult race therefore. But I didn’t give up until the end. We managed to finish P10, which is not the way I wanted to finish, but I gave my best. I just want to say thank you to all the team. All my crew did a fantastic job this year. We had some injuries and other trouble and finished P9 in the championship. Maybe we could have been a little bit better, but everybody did a great job. This was my best year in the World Championship. I’ll try to do it better next season from what I learned here from Tech3 and all the crew.”