Round 08 Netherlands - Moto3

  • Toba Crashes Fighting for Victory, Ogura Brilliant 6th

    Both Honda Team Asia riders, Ai Ogura and Kaito Toba, had a serious chance of winning the Moto3 Dutch TT in Assen, boosting their confidence for the next race in Germany.


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Toba Crashes Fighting for Victory, Ogura Brilliant 6th

TT Circuit Assen
Rd.8 Motul TT Assen
Dry conditions
Ambient: 25℃ / Track: 38℃

Both Honda Team Asia riders, Ai Ogura and Kaito Toba, had a serious chance of winning the Moto3 Dutch TT in Assen, boosting their confidence for the next race in Germany.

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (6th)

“Overall I’m happy with the weekend. When I arrived here, my target was to finish in Top10, because for me Assen is one of the most difficult circuits of the calendar. But after the FP1, when I finished in P1, I changed my target and started to think of the possibility of a podium. At the beginning of the race I struggled a lot with the hard tyres, losing many positions, but in the end, I finished P6. It’s a good result, but I’m convinced that I have lost an option to be on the podium.”

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (DNF)

“Very disappointed about the final result of the race. At the beginning, I was leading the top group, riding calm and trying to break the group, but it was not possible. Then I decided to be there controlling the rest of the riders, but suddenly Binder caused a dangerous situation in the chicane and I went straight, losing many positions. I tried to recover, going every time better and better, but I make a small mistake in braking and I crash. Nothing to say, only to work hard in Germany, concentrate on my riding and try to do another step.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“It was a great race but unfortunately Kaito crashed after leading. It’s a part of the race, we must accept it. He’s not injured and will be ready for Sachsenring. Ogura did a quite strong last part of the race. He started well but in the middle of the race he lost a lot of position riding in the middle of a big group of 20 riders. Finally, he achieved an outstanding sixth place. Both of them were fighting for a podium, the final result is not the expected but we will make better in Sachsenring for sure.”

Results

Round 08 Netherlands - Moto3 Standings

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

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