Despite of cool track conditions this morning, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki made another step in FP3 this morning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to lower his Friday’s best by 1.054 seconds, which brought him straight to Q2. In the decisive session, the Japanese was well on the way towards the top 10 on his fastest lap, but lost some time in the final sector to eventually finish in P18.

On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Deniz Öncü was struggling at the Catalan track since Friday, but did very well to improve his fastest lap time from day one by more than 1.5 seconds in Qualifying today. Yet, the Turkish Moto3 World Championship rookie missed out on a Q2 entry by 0.380 seconds by the end of the short first Qualifying session at midday. He will have to start the ninth race of the season tomorrow at 12.00 local time from the head of the eighth row.


Ayumu Sasaki

Position: 18th

Time: 1:49.378

Laps: 6

"It was a difficult start today with a crash in the beginning of FP3, but we managed to do one good lap at the end and went into Q2. There, I didn’t have a great feeling in the beginning, so I came back to the garage to change tyres and make some small adjustments, because the conditions were completely different to this morning. In the last lap, I was coming quite good, but I hit the traffic and also had a crash in front. In the end, we finished in P18, which is not ideal, but we have to accept it and try to improve a bit more in order to be able to push tomorrow to fight for a good position."


Deniz Öncü

Position: 22nd

Time: 1:49.622

Laps: 4

"We are struggling a lot with the setup overall. Yesterday was quite tough for us already as we didn’t manage to improve from FP1 to FP2. This morning, at least we went a bit faster, but my feeling was still not good enough. Tomorrow I will start the race from P22, which is not going to be easy. Now we are checking all the data in order to find something that might help us to improve. I’ll try my best as always and hope we can still have a decent race."


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