Strong seventh by Sasaki in #DohaGP – Öncü with damage limitation
Starting the Grand Prix of Doha from P17 on the grid, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki never lost sight of the top throughout the 18 laps competition. The Japanese worked his way forward with each lap and was even fighting for the lead with eighth laps to go. Following some tricky final laps, he eventually managed to cross the line in a decent seventh position.
Meanwhile, Deniz Öncü had to start the second race of the 2021 Moto3 World Championship at the Losail International Circuit from pit lane. Although the group from pit lane was more than 10 seconds off the field, the Turkish youngster stayed calm and finally saw the chequered flag in P18.
“It has been a very difficult weekend. Last week, I was there, but then I crashed out, so Friday and Saturday haven’t been easy. Today I was in the front group, but I had in mind, that I can’t allow myself to go down again, so I was a little bit less aggressive than one week ago. With five laps to go, one rider crashed in front of me, so I lost the contact to the front. With the missing slipstream, it wasn’t easy to keep the position on the final laps. But finally, we finished seventh and got some points. I wanted more, because we had two strong races here. But at least, I finished the race. Now, I need to improve for Portimao and we will do our best there to fight in the front again. We showed it here, so now we just need to improve Friday and Saturday.”
“I got this penalty, which meant I had to start the second race of the season here in Qatar form the pit lane. Anyway, I had a good pace and I was pretty happy with my speed. If I would have been starting from the grid like normal, I maybe could have been fighting on the top as well. But I will try exactly this during the next round in Portugal.”