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.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN – DNF
“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.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI – P11
“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.”