Round 08 Netherlands - Moto3

  • Toba and Ogura on First Two Rows in Assen

    Honda Team Asia's Kaito Toba will start the Moto2 Dutch TT in a fantastic 2nd position, while teammate Ai Ogura will close the second row after finishing Q2 in 6th position.


Report

Toba and Ogura on First Two Rows in Assen

TT Circuit Assen
Rd.8 Motul TT Assen
Dry conditions
Ambient:29℃ / Track: 42℃

Honda Team Asia's Kaito Toba will start the Moto2 Dutch TT in a fantastic 2nd position, while teammate Ai Ogura will close the second row after finishing Q2 in 6th position.

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (2nd)

“I’ve been very close to my first pole position, but it is ok! I think we’re very competitive, we are ready to fight tomorrow for the race, but we need to keep working like this. We will try to fight for the victory again or to be in the mix for the podium. For sure in the race it will be a big group, but I will try to reduce it pushing from the beginning”

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (6th)

“I’m happy about the starting position for tomorrow. We are consistent, we have a good pace and I think this is key for the race. With this in my mind it means I’m confident for tomorrow. The lap times of the top 20 is quite close, I think the race will be a group of 20 riders or maybe three groups of 7, but either way it will be a very tight fight to the end.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“Today both riders did a very good qualifying, even in FP3 they were very consistent doing good lap times which is very important for the race. Also, both did a little mistake on their best lap, it’s a little pity to lose the pole position but the important thing for tomorrow is to make a good race and both riders have real chance to fight for the podium. Starting on the first and second row we will see which kind of race they can make. Today we’ve finished in a positive way, but it was not perfect. I expect to finish tomorrow better than today.”

Results

Round 08 Netherlands Qualifying - Moto2 Combined Standings

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

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