Ayumu takes fantastic maiden GP win at Assen
It was a memorable day today at the TT Circuit of Assen. Ayumu got his first victory in Moto3 and did it on the birthday of Team Owner, Max Biaggi.
A perfect day, especially considering that this is only the second race for Ayumu, after the return from injury. In fact, Ayumu missed two races due to a head injury and a fractured collarbone, remedied in free practice at the Italian Grand Prix. Ayumu was simply perfect and even today he showed all his lucidity, even in the most exciting moments of the race. The first winning choice was for the rear tire, as he preferred to use a soft cover.
Ayumu started from pole position, but in the first laps he did not get caught up in the enthusiasm. At the first corner he passed third and, with progression, he increased his pace. On the third lap he was the fastest on track, with the time of 1’42.275 and two laps later he lowered the best time, getting 1’41.497, which is his best lap. The race was a succession of overtakings, in the fast sections and also in the slow ones that the TT Circuit can offer. Ayumu did not make the slightest mistake and with great determination remained in the leading positions, and during the race he never fell below the fourth position. With two laps to go Ayumu exchanged the lead with Guevara and managed to start the last lap first.
During the last lap he lost the lead of the race by a few corners, which he recovered with a decisive overtaking in turn 9. In the last meters he managed to lengthen the pace, thus being able to pass the finish line unchallenged. Thanks to the twenty-five points gained, Ayumu is now fourth in the championship.
AYUMU SASAKI :
“I am very happy with this victory. Today was a very good day, and I had a very good bike. Due to the injury I was out for three weeks, but I kept believing that I could win. The team and everyone supported me in the best way and today I am able to give back to them a result which is amazing. I wanted this win, not only for myself, but mainly for the people who have helped me all this time. I am just so happy, now I have the summer break to recover myself properly and and come back even stronger.”