Round 09 Germany - Moto3

  • Front Row Start for Kaito Toba

    Honda Team Asia rider Kaito Toba finished 2nd in a stunning qualifying session, while teammate Ai Ogura, after a brilliant Q1 in which he finished 1st, could not match the speed he had in the earlier sessions, and will start from 16th position.


Report

Front Row Start for Kaito Toba

Sachsenring
Rd. 9 HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Dry conditions
Ambient: 26℃ / Track: 41℃

Honda Team Asia rider Kaito Toba finished 2nd in a stunning qualifying session. Teammate Ai Ogura, after a brilliant Q1 in which he finished 1st, could not match the speed he had in the earlier sessions, and will start from 16th position.

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (2nd)

“I’ve lost again the pole position, but I’m happy with this second position. I felt good with this bike and tomorrow I will be focused in the checkered flag. That means I must to finish the race after crashing in the last three rounds. Even though I crashed having been at the front of those races, it’s no use because finally, the most important thing is the result.”

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (16th)

“This weekend from FP1 I had not so good feeling, but tomorrow is race day so the only thing I can do is just push as much as possible and try to finish the race. I finished first in Q1 with good lap time, that’s true, but it was only one lap! This is not my real potential and I don’t know why I cannot repeat it so we have to work to find the feeling with the bike.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

“It has been a dramatic qualifying for us. Ogura was in Q1 and he did a really fast time, 26.3 and he passed to Q2 at the top of the timing sheet. We were expecting that he was able to do the same lap time but he couldn’t find the best position on track to repeat it, he’s very disappointed about this. Kaito missed a little bit of time to do the lap attack, and finally, he had only time to do one flying lap. He did it in the very last minute and he got P2 again. He’s fit for tomorrow race and we will see what he can do. I said to both riders that the most important thing is the race.”

Results

Round 09 Germany Qualifying - Moto3 Combined Standings

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

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