20 March 2022 – Pertamina Mandalika Circuit – Indonesia
This morning the weather was unusually good and since the warm up the track appeared in excellent condition.
Ayumu started the day with a great second place in the warm up, which generated great confidence ahead of the race. At the shut-off of the traffic light our driver had an excellent take-off and on the finish line of the first lap Ayumu passed sixth. Until mid-race he remained in the leading group, occupying the fifth position in several situations. Around the twelfth lap Ayumu began to suffer a drop in performance, which slowly made him slip to the bottom of the group.
Unfortunately, in the last lap he made a mistake in braking. In fact, in the braking of turn 10 he arrived long, hitting the rear wheel of A. Migno. Because of the impact both fell, ending the race just a few corners from the finish line. Due to this crash Ayumu will have pay a long lap penalty, in the next race in Argentina.
The word goes to Ayumu and Max Biaggi, our Team Owner.
AYUMU SASAKI : “It was an unfortunate race, considering that we struggled for all the race inside the leading group. I was not very strong on the hard breaking with the hard tires, so it was very difficult for me to overtake in the group. In the last three laps I was trying my best to gain positions, but in the last lap I made a mistake and I crashed out with another rider. I feel very disappointed and I feel sorry for Migno, because I crashed into him and that was of course not a thing I was trying to do. I feel disappointed, but in the last lap I wanted to try everything to improve the position. Unfortunately, we finish the race again without any point, which is not good for the championship. I know we have great pace and we are very strong, so I’m going to try and start again from Argentina.”
MAX BIAGGI – TEAM OWNER : “The Indonesian weekend started quite well, but then qualifying did not meet our expectations. Sasaki had a race in the group, but he always struggled a bit to be incisive, as he have been in Qatar. Unfortunately, falling on the last lap took away the opportunity to take important points. In addition we were also penalized for the next race. I hope that the fate can be favorable from the next race, so that Sasaki can redeem himself. We wait for McPhee, with the hope that he will soon be well and can return as soon as possible.”
Results Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia 2022 – Race
1. Dennis FOGGIA (Honda) 38’51.668, 2. Izan GUEVARA (GASGAS) + 2.612, 3. Carlos TATAY (CFMOTO) + 3.639,
RT. Ayumu SASAKI (Husqvarna) Crash on the last lap at turn 10. Pilot uninjured.
World Championship Classification Moto3 2022 – After Race 2
1. Dennis FOGGIA (Honda) 34 pts; 2. Sergio GARCIA (GASGAS) 33 pts; 3. Izan GUEVARA (GASGAS) 28 pts;
10. John MCPHEE (Husqvarna) 11 pts.