Round 11 Austria - Moto3

  • Mixed Track Conditions Complicate Race for Honda Team Asia

    Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura recovered 11 places, but his position on the grid penalized him.


Report

Mixed Track Conditions Complicate Race for Honda Team Asia

Red Bull Ring - Spielberg
Rd.11 myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich
Wet conditions
Ambient: 20℃ / Track: 22℃

Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura recovered 11 places, but his position on the grid penalized him. Teammate Kaito Toba was not able to adapt to the mixed track conditions.

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (12th)

"Starting from the back of the grid penalized my race. This weekend I didn't have the pace riding alone, I tried to follow other riders to improve my lap time, and this is the main problem I've had. This is the reason for the penalty. My feeling now is awful, but I should try to accept it and not make the same mistake again."

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (18th)

"Tough race for me because of these track conditions, half wet half dry. I must improve in these conditions. I tried to stay on the track at the beginning, during the first six laps I was riding very carefully, maybe too much. After that, I started to go faster, but it was too late, and the gap was too big. The only positive is that I finished the race. Next race I will try to start from zero, resetting everything."

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

"The race started in a very complicated was for everybody. The track was half wet and the sky very cloudy. It was impossible to know what would happen during the race. Then, as all the riders, we decided to go with slick tires. Ogura started from behind of the grid, his pace was not bad, but he lost a lot of time overtaking rivals. He finished 12th, but with the sixth-best lap time of the race. If he was starting in front of the grid, he had the pace to fight for the podium. With Toba, the team gave him the best support, making the best choice of the tires, but he couldn't set a good rhythm from the beginning. He lost a lot of time, and that swayed a lot of his race. It's more related to mentality, and he must improve in this respect."

Results

Round 11 Austria Race - Moto3 Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
12 Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)
18 Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)

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