Round 17 Australia- Moto3

  • Toba To Start From Second Row in Australia

    In a challenging qualifying session on a very slippery track, Honda Team Asia’s Kaito Toba qualified fifth. Teammate Ai Ogura did not pass Q1 because of a small mistake during his last lap.



Report

Toba To Start From Second Row in Australia

Phillip Island
Rd.17 Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle GP
Dry-Wet conditions
Ambient:13℃ / Track: 19℃

In a challenging qualifying session on a very slippery track, Honda Team Asia’s Kaito Toba qualified fifth. Teammate Ai Ogura did not pass Q1 because of a small mistake during his last lap.

Kaito Toba | Honda Team Asia (5th)

"Very tricky conditions today. The weather was changing continually from sunny to rainy, and it was also very windy. To ride in these conditions is very difficult, but in qualifying, we did a good job. To start from the second row is very positive for tomorrow because it looks like the weather will be more or less like today, and we are ready to push hard."

Ai Ogura | Honda Team Asia (25th *Starting Grid: 23rd)

"This race is very complicated, but all I can do is to continue working on getting something for next year. I feel good with the bike, and it is only a riding problem. It's a difficult time, but I will not stop working."

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, Honda Team Asia

"The wind was strong all day today, a difficult situation for both riders. Ogura was so close to going to Q2, but he made a small mistake on his last flying lap. Kaito was struggling in the morning but in Q2 improved quite a lot, managing to finish in P5, which is good compared to what happened yesterday and this morning. I think both riders are going in the right direction, even if they need to improve on some points."

Results

Round 17 Australia Qualifying - Moto3 Combined Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
5
Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia)
25
Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)

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