Toba Loses Podium in the Final Turns, Ogura Crashes on Opening Lap
Rd.5 Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France
Ambient:14℃ / Track: 16℃
Honda Team Asia’s Kaito Toba entered the final corners with a real chance to win the race, but contact with Canet wiped out the possibility. Teammate Ai Ogura had a good start, but crashed on the first lap. Tomorrow he will undergo a medical checkup in Barcelona. Only 17 riders finished the race due the difficult track conditions.
Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (6th)
“I'm disappointed because I had real chance to win. In the race I was very strong, except at the beginning when I lost a lot of time. When I reached the top group, I felt very strong, overtaking in a smooth and easy way. In the last lap I made a little mistake trying to take the lead and suddenly Canet touched me. The situation was very dangerous, and I needed to pick up the bike to avoid to crashing together. Finally, I finished P6, it's a shame but at the same time is important to finish the races. Here I've lost a podium finish, but I will try again in Mugello.”
Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (DNF)
“I don't know what can I say. During the weekend everything was going perfect, the bike permitted me to be fast in every condition. I started very well, maintaining the third position, but I did a mistake at the exit of a corner in the first lap, and I crashed. I know I've lost the chance to get a good result. Now I'm in pain because of the crash, tomorrow I will go to visit Doctor Mir in Barcelona for a medical check.”
Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia
“Both riders prepared very well the race, starting quite good and staying in the front group. They had a good chance, but Ogura did a mistake in the first lap and he had a big crash. He will pass a medical check tomorrow in Barcelona to evaluate his physical condition.
About Kaito, he lost a little bit of time at the beginning of the race, but his rhythm was quite good, and this means he is in the leading group at the end of the race. He had a big possibility to win the race, but unfortunately Canet touch him at last lap. He didn't crash but he lost positions finishing six.”
Round 05 France Race - Moto3 Standings
|6||Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)
|RT||Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)