Best Result Ever for Honda Team Asia
Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto
Rd.4 Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain
Ambient: 19℃ / Track: 30℃
Honda Team Asia riders Kaito Toba and Ai Ogura started the Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix from mid-field to give the team its best results to date, 6th and 9th respectively.
Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (6th)
‟What a difficult race! I didn't do a good qualifying and so I had to start from 24th position. Also, in the first laps of the race I was very slow and I lost some positions, with a big gap in respect to the front. I tried to recover during the race, pushing really hard for this sixth position. It's not a bad result, but it's a shame because with a better position on the grid and a better rhythm in the first laps, it was possible to be in the podium. I must improve in this point."
Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (9th)
‟To finish with a gap of only 1.4 seconds to the winner is good after starting in 20th position and recovering to finish ninth. At the end of the race I was strong, with a very good pace but I needed to overtake more riders at the beginning of the race to make the final part of the race easier. I need to fight more, especially in qualifying, to get a better starting position."
Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia
‟This was a very exciting Spanish GP. Starting in 20th and 24th position is not great, but our riders chose the hard option tire and that allowed them to gain positions from the mid-race towards the end, when the other riders were slower. They caught the top group to finish 6th and 9th, an excellent job. But we are also a little bit upset because with a better result in qualifying, we would surely have better results. We are really motivated for the next race in Le Mans."
Round 04 Spain Race - Moto3 Standings
|6||Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)
|9||Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)