Round 08 Netherlands - Moto3

  • Toba and Ogura Inside the Top 10 After the First Day in Assen Weekend

    Honda Team Asia Riders Kaito Toba and Ai Ogura finished the first day of the Moto3 Assen weekend eighth and ninth, respectively, after Ogura dominated the first practice session.


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Toba and Ogura Inside the Top 10 After the First Day in Assen Weekend

TT Circuit Assen
Rd.8 Motul TT Assen
Dry conditions
Ambient:22℃ / Track: 40℃

Honda Team Asia Riders Kaito Toba and Ai Ogura finished the first day of the Moto3 Assen weekend eighth and ninth, respectively, after Ogura dominated the first practice session.

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (8th)

“It’s a quite good start, in FP1 I was a struggling a little bit but in FP2 we have changed some settings and I felt quite comfortable with the bike. Also, my rhythm is not bad. I will try to work more in FP3, to make a little bit more rhythm going alone, my goal is to take a front row tomorrow.”

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (9th)

“I’m surprised about my first day in Assen, because last year I didn’t get a good feeling at this circuit. From the start I felt good and I could check my riding condition and track condition going alone. This was quite important, lap by lap going better to finish P1. Overall day 1 I finished P9, for me this is a fantastic start! If I can get inside the top 10 on the grid for me it will be perfect.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“Our Moto3 riders have showed a very good level in his first day in Assen. In the morning session, Toba was a little bit struggling with the circuit but, in the afternoon, he found a quite positive set up and he felt quite comfortable on the bike. He improved a lot his lap time and also, he was constant. Ogura was quite constant as well, and this is very important. In the morning he was P1, a great start, and I’m convinced this result gave an extra motivation to Toba. I think tomorrow both can improve in some sectors of the track, it’s important to stay in Q2 and be constant for the race.”

Results

Round 08 Netherlands Practice - Moto3 Combined Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
8 Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)
9 Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)

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