01 October 2022 – Chang International Circuit – Thailand
After the downpours on the Chang International Circuit, during the sessions of Friday, today fortunately the sun peeped through the clouds and both free practice 3 and qualifying took place in dry conditions.
This allowed all the drivers to improve, in fact in the morning session the times dropped considerably. In particular Ayumu improved by more than a second and John even more than two seconds. Thanks to these performances, our two drivers gained direct access to qualifying 2, Ayumu with the second time and John with the ninth. Actually, John’s performance could have been even better, but in his last time attack he exceeded the limits of the track, so the corresponding time was cancelled.
During the qualifying there was a substantial increase in temperatures, as the temperature on the ground increased by about 16ºC. But this did not slow down the track much, in fact we recorded times similar to those that were marked during the morning session.
Ayumu on the second of the five laps got the time of 1’42.486 and he has a delay from poleman D. Foggia of 0.409 s. As for John, 1’42.906 is the time conquered, thanks to which tomorrow he will start eighth in the third row, with a gap equal to 0.829 s.
We leave you to the words of the protagonists of this Saturday, on the Thai circuit.
AYUMU SASAKI : “I am happy with the front row on the grid. I felt good on the bike from FP3. We knew maybe where we could improve a little bit, but we did not want to try in the qualifying, when you only have 15 minutes. Also we knew that with this bike we were competitive, so we went with the same bike of FP3, and I made a decent lap. We finished P3, so I am happy. Tomorrow we don’t know what the weather is going to be but I am competitive on wet or dry, so there is nothing to worry about. I just need to keep the head down and do my best tomorrow.”
JOHN MCPHEE : “Overall today we managed to make a step forward compared to yesterday. I felt strong this morning in FP3, we only had a couple of small issues and then in qualifying, the feeling was overall very similar. I have done the lap time completely alone and we know well what advantage the slipstream gives, so for the race tomorrow I feel strong. It would be nice if we can find the last little piece that we were missing to improve the bike, but overall, I think it is the best set today we got in a long time.”
MAX BIAGGI – TEAM OWNER : “We have both our drivers in the leading positions. Ayumu is in the front row and tomorrow I expect him to fight for the podium. John is not far away and in a flash this weekend he set very fast times. It is necessary to work, so that we can take a step forward and thus getting closer to the leading positions. Tomorrow in addition to the weather, we should be careful not to exceed the limits of the track. In fact, the long lap penalty on this track is quite penalizing, so a possible infringement could cost a lot. I hope my pilots got this right.”
Results OR Thailand Grand Prix 2022 – Qualifying
Pole – Dennis FOGGIA (Honda) 1’42.077, 3. Ayumu SASAKI (Husqvarna) 1’42.486, 8. John MCPHEE (Husqvarna) 1’42.906.