Sasaki steals Sachsenring top spot in Moto3™

The Japanese rider went less than a tenth clear of FP1's fastest man Raul Fernandez to set the marker at the end of the opening day

Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Ayumu Sasaki ended the opening day of the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland fastest in the Moto3™ class after ending FP2 over a quarter of a second clear of Redox PrüstelGP’s Jakub Kornfeil. However, he was only 0.065 clear of Sama Qatar Angel Nieto’s Raul Fernandez on the combined timesheets to grab the day one bragging rights.

The Japanese rider made sure that the Sepang International Circuit squad have now topped three sessions in a row across all three classes, following Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Jonas Folger’s (Petronas Sprinta Racing) exploits in MotoGP™ and Moto2™ FP1.

Despite ending second quickest in FP2, Kornfeil was edged out of the top three overall by Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) thanks to the Spaniard’s FP1 lap time. Honda Team Asia’s Kaito Toba completes the lightweight top five at the close of day one, 0.288 adrift of his compatriot at the top of the timesheets, after finding a further 1.2 seconds from this morning.

Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Aron Canet ended the day sixth fastest after going three-quarters of a second quicker than in FP1. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alsonso Lopez ended seventh, less than a tenth ahead of Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee, who was unable to improve on this morning but stayed inside the top eight. Rounding out the top ten at the close of day one were VNE Snipers’ Romano Fenati and SKY Racing Team VR46’s Dennis Foggia.

Top 10 combined:
1. Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) – 1:26.526
2. Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) + 0.065
3. Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) + 0.257
4. Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) + 0.286
5. Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) + 0.288
6. Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) + 0.383
7. Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) + 0.443
8. John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.500
9. Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers) + 0.506
10. Dennis Foggia (SKY Racing Team VR46) + 0.553

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