Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee head to the Netherlands targetting another fight for top positions on raceday.
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing go Dutch this weekend with their visit to the oldest circuit on the World Championship calendar, as Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee race at Assen in round eight of the season. Both riders want to continue their consistently improving results and performances from recent races.
McPhee took third place at the legendary track in 2017, and coming into this season’s trip to Assen he has regularly been amongst the fastest riders at previous European tracks. His results from the last three races, including a victory at the French GP, have helped the Briton to a place in the top ten in the overall standings; he is 9th with 47 points.
Sasaki is motivated after his good result in Barcelona, where he was fighting in the front group throughout the race. The Japanese rider wants a repeat of that raceday performance, but also aims to continue taking steps forward in Free Practice and Qualifying. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider, who is 20th in the overall standings with 22 points, has managed to score points in one of the two contests he has undertaken at Assen: In his full rookie Moto3 season in 2017.
The 22-lap Moto3 race will get underway on Sunday at 11am local time.
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“Assen is a completely different circuit to Barcelona; it’s difficult to overtake and get on the gas. The entire track is tricky, and you also have to be aware of the weather, which is usually quite changeable. Despite this, I like the circuit and I always enjoy riding there. We have to be focused from the first session of the weekend onwards, and if we work hard during all of the practice sessions we will be able to get a good result. The main objective is to have good Free Practice sessions, in order to prepare for the race and also to qualify well.”
#17 John McPhee
“My goal this weekend is to be competitive and fight at the front. Assen is a circuit that I like a lot and at which I have obtained good results in the past. In 2017 I managed to get on the podium there, and last year I was also fighting for a place in the top three. Last season we were able to escape as part of a group of five riders and I enjoyed the race very much. However, this year we’ve seen some very large and competitive groups. We will have to be prepared for any situation and devise the best possible strategy.”