Sasaki and Öncü score points in first Aragón round
Starting from P18 on the grid, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki came off the line well, making up two positions immediately. With strong lap times in the first half of the race, he moved further ahead until he arrived in the second group, where he fought until the line to eventually see the chequered flag in 13th.
At the same time, Deniz Öncü dropped back to P22 in the beginning, after lining up in 15th on the grid. But with each lap, the Moto3 World Championship rookie gained more confidence at the MotorLand Aragón circuit and caught up. He concluded the race after 19 intense laps in 15th, earning another championship point.
“It was a difficult race. We made a good start and we had a good pace in the beginning. I could gain some positions, was catching and was even in P10. I knew in the beginning of the race, that the tyre would drop, so I didn’t push too much, I was keeping calm. In the end, some riders passed me and for me it was frustrating. We could have been much stronger, I need to manage the tyre better next race. I learned from it today and I know, I can improve as well. It’s still a pity, as I know we could have done better today. Anyway, we finished inside the points, which is important.”
“The position is not that good with P15. I had the potential to fight further in front, but in the first laps I was a bit far back, so I lost the contact to the front group. P15 is a decent step for a comeback anyway. If we check the last two races, Barcelona and Le Mans I was just lost and I even finished last in France. It was really hard. So, to finish 15th here, I’m quite happy. Next week more.”