Round 07 Catalunya - Moto3

  • Brilliant Comeback for Ogura

    Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura will start the Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix from the front row, after to finishing 2nd in qualifying, while teammate Kaito Toba struggled after a crash in the morning, and will start the race from 27th position.


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Brilliant Comeback for Ogura

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Rd.7 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Dry conditions
Ambient:27℃ / Track: 48℃

Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura will start tomorrow's Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix from the front row, after to finishing 2nd in qualifying. Teammate Kaito Toba struggled a lot after a crash in the morning and will start the race from 27th position.

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (2nd)

“I’m surprised about this because I didn’t expect to be in the top 10 and make the front row. This is a great way to comeback from the injury. The lap time is really good, and also the rhythm is ok. Tomorrow it will be difficult because my hand is not in a perfect condition, but I will try to do my best as always”

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (27th)

“I’m very disappointed. I don’t know what happened. Till FP3 I had a very good feeling, I was very competitive, but I crashed again. After that the situation has become complicated. I don’t know why but in Q1 I tried to push from the beginning but in a wrong way. Maybe it was a lack of confidence. The only I can do is to be positive and be focused in tomorrow race, where I will need to push really hard to recover positions.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“Toba crashed in the morning session and he lost confidence in his bike. That affected him in the qualifying session, where he couldn’t perform as he normally does. In Moto3 the lap times are very close and with a small mistake you lose a lot of positions. It’s clear that P27 is not his normal position. Tomorrow he must change his mentality, be focused to be with the front group and fight for the podium. Ogura is just coming back from surgery, every practice he has been improving and in Q2 he has done a brilliant time attack. P2 is really good! That will help him a lot to recover the confidence after the big crash in Le Mans. We're not going to pressure him into getting a good result. We want him concentrate and doing his best, taking into account his physical condition.”

Results

Round 07 Catalunya Qualifying- Moto3 Combined Standings

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

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