Ayumu takes a podium at his home race in Motegi
It proved a very decent Japanese Grand Prix for Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing, with Ayumu Sasaki crossing the finish line in third place.
It’s nothing new to see Ayumu fighting for the victory. In fact, in the last six races Ayumu made two zeros, while in the other four races he reached the podium, obtaining on two occasions the victory.
For Ayumu this was his home race and his is the first podium of a Japanese driver in the Japanese Grand Prix, since 2009. He started very well from the third position on the grid and, after taking measurements with the track, on the fourth lap he took the first position. With a frenzied pace he held the lead of the race up to five laps from the end, achieving in the fifth lap, the third fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1’57.462. In the last two laps he suffered two overtakings, after which he crossed the line in third position. With the sixteen points of this podium, Ayumu consolidates his fourth position in the championship.
AYUMU SASAKI :
“I feel good to be on the podium in my home race. Obviously I wanted a little bit more, as I vas leading almost all the race, up to five laps from the end. I was constantly on the front, but when Guevara passed me I lost a little bit of rhythm, and then when Masia also passed me and he crashed, I have accumulated a small gap. In the last few laps I couldn’t close the gap. I had the same pace as Ian, but we had a small gap, and it was difficult to catch. I felt a little bit of a tire drop in the rear, so it was a difficult race, but finally I could lead many laps in my home GP. I could see a lot of fans out there, so I am happy to finish on the podium and hopefully we can bounce back for the win in Thailand.”