Round 07 Catalunya - Moto3

  • Good Start for Toba in Catalan GP Race Weekend

    Honda Team Asia's Kaito Toba finished 11th after the two practices on Friday in Catalunya, despite a small crash in FP1, while teammate Ai Ogura is regaining his rhythm after surgery on his left hand.


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Good Start for Toba in Catalan GP Race Weekend

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Rd.7 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Dry conditions
Ambient:25℃ / Track: 33℃

Honda Team Asia's Kaito Toba finished 11th after the two practices on Friday in Catalunya, despite a small crash in FP1. Teammate Ai Ogura is still regaining his rhythm after surgery on his left hand, but is confident for tomorrow.

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (11th)

“The start of FP1 was a little bit complicate, because we had a little problem with the bike after my crash in Mugello. We fixed the problem and when I tried to push for a good lap time, I made a mistake and I crashed. In the afternoon session, from the beginning I had a good feeling, that meant I could do many good laps constantly. By improving a little bit the bike and doing everything a little bit better from my side, for sure tomorrow we can be very strong.”

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (31st)

“My hand feels quite good after the surgery. In FP1 I started maybe too slow, my rhythm wasn’t good and it was difficult for me to improve the lap time. I did my best lap, going as fast as I could. Anyway, the bike and my hand are ok, I like the circuit and I think tomorrow everything will go better and I will progress to Q2.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“Ogura just came back after his accident in Le Mans. I think it wasn’t an easy day for him, because his physical condition is not 100% but he’s getting back his feeling with the bike slowly. We are looking forward thinking that he can be in better condition tomorrow to go a little bit faster. Concerning Kaito, he suffered a little crash in the morning, he’s ok but this crash meant he couldn’t improve his lap time. In the afternoon he still missed a little bit the front feeling, an aspect where we need to focus tomorrow. He’s in good shape and is ready to fight for a good position on the grid, which is very important in Moto3.”

Results

Round 07 Catalunya  Practice - Moto3 Combined Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
11 Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)
27 Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)

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