Round 06 Italy - Moto3

  • Toba Crashes Fighting for the Lead, Salim Close to Points

    It was a difficult Moto2 Italian Grand Prix for Honda Team Asia's Kaito Toba, who crashed after trying to recover the gap to the race leader.


Report

Toba Crashes Fighting for the Lead, Salim Close to Points

Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
Rd.6 Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley
Dry conditions
Ambient: 26℃ / Track: 42℃

It was a difficult Moto2 Italian Grand Prix for Honda Team Asia's Kaito Toba, who crashed after trying to recover the gap to the race leader. Gerry Salim, replacing injured Ai Ogura, finished in a fantastic 16th position on his debut in the Moto3 World Championship.

Gerry Salim | Honda Team Asia (16th)

“Fantastic result. Yesterday I was checking the data with my mechanics and we've seen that it was possible to continue improving. At the start of the race I was worried because the Moto3 riders of the World Championship are very strong, they push to the limit from the start. I just keep my focus because I didn't want to crash. I overtake some riders to finish in P16 with the 12th best lap time. I really enjoyed the opportunity that the Honda Team Asia offered me.”

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (DNF)

“What a disaster! For the second time this season I've not scored points, and this is very bad for my championship position. At the beginning of the race it was difficult to overtake because I couldn't use my good line and they overtake me easily; I didn't understand why. At the middle of the race I arrived onto the lead group, but I crashed. Nothing more to say. In Catalunya I will try to win, I've done a good test there and that is a circuit where I feel very confident riding.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“Toba arrived here in really good shape and we expected a lot of him. He wasn't fast in the first part of the race and rode in the second group. He needed to take a lot of risk to catch the lead group but finally after a small mistake he crashed, this Is not what we wanted. Gerry was here replacing the injured Ai Ogura. He had a strong weekend, considering that it was his first race at Grand Prix level. He was so close to get the first point for Indonesia.”

Results

Round 06 Italy Race - Moto3 Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
16 Gerry SALIM (Honda Team Asia)
RT Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)

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