Sasaki claims eleventh place at Austin

The Grand Prix of the Americas saw PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Ayumu Sasaki add a further five points to his Championship tally, with a respectable 11th place finish in today’s Moto3 race.

Teammate Adam Norrodin experienced a disappointing end to an already tough weekend for the Malaysian, with a crash on lap one prematurley ending his race.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Ayumu made a very good start from eighth place on the grid. He gained some positions and was fighting well in the leading group but then he had a big moment coming onto the straight; it was a huge high-side but he did an amazing job to save it. Unfortunately this really disturbed his momentum and he then struggled to get back into his rhythm. From this point Ayumu had a tough time because he lost the chance to fight higher up in the group. The lap times he was doing were good, so it’s a shame that he wasn’t able to fight back and overtake the other riders. To finish eleventh is not so bad and he takes away five more points from here, so this is very positive.
For Adam he had a decent start but then he made a mistake going into the first corner and crashed. That was the end to an already very tough weekend for Adam. Now he has to go away, recompose and prepare himself for Jerez, so he can come back stronger in Europe.”

“Before warm up this morning we made some small changes to the bike and I felt really good. We finished the session in eleventh place, so I felt a lot more confident going into the race. I had a good start but the first corner here is always a big fight and coming from so far back is very risky. As I turned into turn one I touched the rider in front of me and immediately crashed out. I picked up my bike and tried to re-join the race but the handle bar was so bent, so I had to retire. I’m so disappointed and sorry to all the team for today’s result. Now I have to concentrate even more for Jerez; I have to collect back some points there and make amends.”

“I firstly have to thank my crew because our set-up for the race was very good. I made a good start and was able to follow the front group quite easily. Unfortunately three laps in, I had a big moment and lost the leading battle; I ended up at the back of the first group. One rider from the front then dropped back and we really struggled to pass him; this lost us time and created a bigger gap of around two seconds to the front. I had a small problem with my front brake too, so during the last few laps it was very difficult to try and catch them up. It’s a shame we couldn’t capitalise on our starting position today. I think for the next race I also need to work on my riding style a little bit, but overall we are going in the right direction. We have to make one more step but I’m confident that we can do this in Jerez.”


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Petronas Sprinta Racing ready to take on Texas

Following an action packed week of intense training and two wheeled activities at ex-MotoGP rider Colin Edwards’ boot camp in Texas, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki make their way to the Circuit of the Americas energised, motivated and hungry for results.

Situated in Austin Texas, COTA, as it is most commonly known, was the first circuit in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One. With a counter-clockwise driving direction and a unique elevation change of forty-one metres, the Circuit of The Americas is renowned for its varied track layout. Including a mix of both fast straights and tight hairpins the circuit encompasses twenty corners, with eleven left and nine right-hand turns, making it one of the most technically challenging circuits on the MotoGP calendar.

“I have a really good feeling going to Austin. Argentina was a very positive weekend for us and after having just spent the last week training at Colin Edwards boot-camp, I feel more motivated than ever! I have been riding all week, so my confidence is high and I’m excited to go to Austin. It’s been really great to make this program, so thanks so much to Colin for inviting us. The track at Austin is not an easy one; there are many technical corners and last year I struggled quite a bit there. For sure this GP will be hard work for me as it’s not my strongest track but I’m prepared for this and ready to give it my all. We have improved the bike a lot this year and I feel a lot stronger in myself, so I’m positive I can do a better job. If I can collect some good points at this round I will be very happy to go to Jerez.”

“I like technical tracks a lot so I’m really looking forward to this next race at COTA. Our result in Argentina was not so great, so now I feel even more hungry for a good result. When I have a disappointing race all I want to do is go again straight away, so I’ve been looking forward to Austin all week! Qualifying will be very important this weekend; we must have a good starting position for the race to be in with any chance of a top ten finish. I’m very confident with our dry set-up so I really hope the weather is good. I will have to push very hard and make a strong start to the race so that I can fight to be in the top group; this is what I will be focusing on.”


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