Ayumu first on opening day at Phillip Island

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The first day on the Phillip Island Circuit started in rather difficult conditions. In fact, a wet track and a rather strong wind welcomed the small Moto3 bikes. Even the temperature of the asphalt did not encourage the drivers to push immediately. But the main problem in this first day was represented by the copious rains of the previous two days, which washed the track, removing the rubber coating and making it in fact much slower.

Ayumu waited before entering the track in FP1, and held ninth position after the first forty minutes of practice.

Before the start of free practice 2 a very light rain fell, which fortunately did not continue throughout the round. The track remained wet only in the first minutes and both Ayumu and teammate John McPhee preferred to wait in the pits for the track to dry. They entered at fifteen minutes from the end, and both began to score quite fast times. Lap after lap, they improved their performance and in particular Ayumu, in his last useful lap, managed to get the best time this Friday. 1’37.797 is his best lap.

“I am happy with day one. It was held in tricky conditions, because un the beginning of FP2 it was raining a little bit, but then the track dried out in the last 30 minutes, so I went out. The track was almost fully dry, it just had a little bit less grip because it was raining before. I had a good feeling on the bike and and riding in this track again after three years feels amazing. It is a fast track and everytime very enjoyable. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow, but hopefully, whatever the weather, us going to be, i think we will be in Q2.”