Ayumu lines up fifth on the Valencia grid
With the second crash in free practice 3 this morning, Ayumu Sasaki lost the chance to go straight to qualifying 2. In fact, in the decisive time attack he slipped in turn 12, losing the chance to improve his time. For this reason, he took part in the qualifying 1, where he did not make any mistakes and, with a time of 1’38.857, he got the first position, thus gaining access to Q2.
During qualifying 2, on the first lap, Ayumu slipped into turn 14. A slight fall, so much so that he could return to the pits and entrust his Husqvarna to the care of his team. With a perfect job in a few minutes the mechanics of the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing have returned the FR 250 GP in the hands of Ayumu. He was then able to make two laps and on the first he got the time of 1’38.697, with which tomorrow he will start from the fifth position on the grid. 0.282 seconds is his gap from poleman I. Guevara.
AYUMU SASAKI :
“Today was pretty crazy, I would say. We improved a little bit from yesterday in FP3, but we knew it was not enough, we knew what was the problem, so together with my crew chief we worked hard and we solved the problem. We needed to make a big step setupwise, and we made it. In Q1 it was difficult to understand how to ride the bike because it was completely different from yesterday, but we improved a lot. I crashed twice, but this is because I needed to push in order to understand the bike, so I am not worried about that. We improved, we know un which direction we have to go, and we made a big step from yesterday so this is the most important thing. Finally I feel quite comfortable with the bike, so we just need to make small adjustments in the warm-up and we are ready for the race. P5 is a good way to finish qualifying.”