Ayumu takes a superb podium as the weather lifts for Moto3 at Portimao
The Moto3 class had two days of rain, with low temperatures and very difficult conditions at Portimao. Ayumu made two small slips, but he never made big mistakes. He has always been convinced of his potential and this has been reiterated every day. Then came the race and Ayumu did not betray the expectations and won the second podium of the season.
Starting from the tenth position on the grid, Ayumu was very cautious in the first laps thinking he would get familiar with the track, for the first time dry. He crossed the finish line of the first lap twelfth, but from there on he began a spectacular comeback. On the third lap he was the fastest on the track and with a lot of maturity he started to climb up, without getting into unnecessary battles, which would only have wasted his time.
On the long straight he always came out of the slipstream and in this way, he maximized his comeback, against the leader of the race, which in the meantime gained almost a second and a half. From the fifth lap, the gap of the chase group, in which Ayumu is located, began to shorten and on the tenth lap the comeback ended. The small group that played the victory was composed of 5 drivers and Ayumu fought with the knife between his teeth and led the race on several occasions. On the finish line of the penultimate lap he was first, but have been overtaken, due to the slipstream, by two drivers.
He ended his race in third place, concluding an amazing and mature comeback. It is Ayumu’s third fastest lap in the race, with a time of 1’48.558. Thanks to the points of this podium Ayumu is seventh in the world ranking, with 45 points.
AYUMU SASAKI :
“It is always good to be on the podium, but especially today, I had a great pace. At the end of the race I was following Izan because he had a good pace, and Sergio was leading by a second or a little bit more. I did not use his slipstream, and we walked together until we reached Sergio. I was saving the tires a lot and I felt good in the last 5 laps. I was really looking for a win here and I am a little bit disappointed. On the last lap, into turn one, when Masià overtook me, I lost a few positions and I had to fight back for the podium. That was the maximum I could do today.I am a little bit disappointed, but we are strong in wet and dry conditions, confidence is higher than ever and this is really good. We will go to Jerez, where we had very good tests during the winter. We are really looking forward to it.”