Sensational Sasaki secures Sachsenring pole

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider secures debut pole position start with McPhee inside the top ten 

Ayumu Sasaki will start tomorrow’s German Grand Prix from first place, after taking an incredible debut Moto3 pole position at the Sachsenring. He will be joined inside the top ten by team-mate John McPhee, who completed a superb day for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing.

Sasaki, a fan of the Sachsenring and a former winner at the German track in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, backed up strong pace from practice by securing the team’s second pole position of the season in the dying seconds of the qualifying session. Confident going into the 15-minute outing, he was able to put himself in the right place at the right time to ensure that none of his rivals were able to challenge his 1min 26.135secs lap.

McPhee worked on race pace in the practice sessions and was unable to match his team-mate on single-lap qualifying pace. Despite this, and having to progress through Q1, tenth on the grid still offers many opportunities for tomorrow’s race. 

Tomorrow’s 27-lap Moto3 race at the German Grand Prix will get underway at 11am local time (5pm Malaysian time).

Ayumu Sasaki

“It’s been an amazing weekend and I’ve felt strong since Friday. We changed a lot of settings on the bike and more importantly I changed my mind-set. I feel a lot more focused now, and I’m getting great support and great confidence from the team. We’ve changed some things on the bike, but 80% of this improvement has come from my head. Now that I’ve got some confidence back and my pace is good, I can’t wait for tomorrow’s race!”

John McPhee

“To have to go through Q1 wasn’t part of the strategy, but we’ve concentrated on race pace a lot here which meant doing one fast lap was tricky. But to go from Q1 to Q2 and end up tenth is a good result, and I know I can fight. The difficult part of the weekend is out of the way because I know that we can be really strong in the race. I need to say congratulations as well to Ayumu on his maiden pole position.”