Round 07 Catalunya - Moto3

  • Little Reward for Great Effort by Honda Team Asia

    Honda Team Asia’s Kaito Toba crashed four corners from the end while leading the Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix, after starting in 24th position, while teammate Ai Ogura finished in a superb 6th position.


Report

Little Reward for Great Effort by Honda Team Asia

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Rd.7 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Dry conditions
Ambient:25℃ / Track: 41℃

Honda Team Asia’s Kaito Toba crashed four corners from the end while leading the Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix, after starting in 24th position. Teammate Ai Ogura finished in a superb 6th position on his comeback following surgery on his left hand.

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (6th)

“Considering my physical condition after the surgery this weekend has been very positive. Finishing 2nd in qualifying and 6th in race is more than I expected. During the first laps of the race I lost a lot of positions. Now I know that the position of the grid is really important in Moto3 to be in front. I’m looking forward for the next race to be fully fit and then try to keep improving.”

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (DNF)

“I’m very disappointed, I feel that I’ve lost a big chance to win the race and fight for the championship. Starting from the 8th row meant it was not easy to arrive to the top group, but I pushed as much as possible. When I arrived to first position I tried to break the group but it was impossible. Then I changed my strategy, I felt like I could win but I was too nervous and I made a mistake. Being positive, now I know that I need to work on my mind to manage these situations. At the same time I showed that I have the speed to be in front every race.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“We are happy but at the same time disappointed about the race. Ogura started 2nd on the grid, we knew that he was not in perfect physical condition and a 21-lap race could be hard for him. We didn’t expect him to be fighting for the podium, but till the last moment he had a chance. We can say finishing 6th is a very good result. Toba started from the 8th row and he needed to make a strong start to the race in order to reach the front group. He managed to do it setting the fastest lap of the race! With two laps to go he was leading the race and we was hoping he could win! Unfortunately, with four corners to go he did a mistake and crashed. Coming from 24th to 1st showed us that he has the speed, of course we are not happy but he must learn from this mistake and make strong to fight for the championship.”

Results

Round 07 Catalunya Race - Moto3 Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
6 Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)
RT Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)

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