Round 09 Germany - Moto3

  • Bittersweet Result in Sachsenring

    Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura made a heroic comeback to finish seventh, while a small mistake ruined a promising race for teammate Kaito Toba in the Moto3 German Grand Prix.


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Bittersweet Result in Sachsenring

Sachsenring
Rd.9 HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Dry conditions
Ambient: 16℃ / Track: 22℃

Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura made a heroic comeback to finish seventh, while a small mistake ruined a promising race for teammate Kaito Toba in the Moto3 German Grand Prix.

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (7th)

"Since Friday I had a very bad feeling with the bike, it was strange because last year I felt very well in Sachsenring. My pace was not good, but instead of complaining I've tried to be strong in the race, finishing in a good 7th position. During this race, I have learned a lot about fighting and how to ride in a very close group. I'm sure that will help me in the second part of the season."

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (DNF)

"Very bad luck, again. I tried to stay calm in the middle of the group and keep the tire for the second part of the race. But a rider crashed and the rest of the group changed the line, I needed to brake a little bit late and I crashed. I have nothing to say. I need a good result after the summer break, during this period I will train very hard to arrive at Brno in the best condition."

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

"Another difficult but exciting race, with positions changing every lap. Toba was very good at the beginning of the race, staying in the leading group looking to go in front, but 9 laps to go someone came inside at turn 1, and trying to avoid the impact he lost his line and crashed. It's a pity because again he was fighting for the podium, but again he crashed. With Ogura, on Lap 1 Lopez crashed in front of him and trying to escape he went wide, losing a lot of time. Then he started to recover positions lap by lap, riding behind the top group and finished 7th. He managed the situation perfectly, doing a really strong race. In Germany we finish the first half part of the season, I think, apart from Toba's crash, we showed that both riders are very competitive and we will try to continue on this way in the second half of the season."

Results

Round 09 Germany - Moto3 Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
7
Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)
DNF Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)

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