Sasaki and McPhee take on first European round of 2019

2019-04-30 10:31
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders contest the Spanish GP this weekend - the first of 11 consecutive races in the old continent.


After a difficult race at the Circuit of the Americas, the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 team arrive in Europe for the fourth round of the season. At the Spanish GP, held at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit, Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee intend to continue taking steps forward and get back in the fight for the podium.

Sasaki had an unfortunate race in Austin, crashing out with two laps to go as he battled to break into the points. The Japanese rider has claimed points in both his two previous visits at Jerez: Last season Sasaki achieved his best result to date at the Spanish track with a twelfth place finish.

McPhee picked up two points in the United States, thanks to a 14th place, which rounded off a weekend in which he showed great speed during practice. The Scotsman now looks to convert his positive performances into better results on raceday, at a circuit that holds fond memories for him. He has previously been on the podium at Jerez in the Spanish Championship and achieved a tenth place finish in 2015, which is his best result at the track in the World Championship.

The 21 lap Moto3 race will be held on Sunday at 11:00am local time.

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
"I’ve spent these past two weeks at home, in Japan. We have done some tests to assess my physical condition after the first three races and to see where I can improve. I am very motivated heading to Jerez. I like the circuit but it is quite technical, so it will be difficult for everyone. I think lap times will be tighter than usual, because everyone knows the track well and we have already done a pre-season test there this year. After a disappointing race in Austin, I'm looking forward to getting a good result at Jerez. My main objective for this round is to work on my race pace."

#17 John McPhee
"I've been training hard over the last fortnight. It is not very common to have two consecutive weekends off during the season, so when it happens it is important to structure your time. Jerez is a circuit that I like a lot. I had a podium there in the Spanish Championship. In the World Championship I haven’t been on the rostrum at Jerez and that is my goal right now. It’s a circuit at which everyone is fast because they’ve all put in many laps there, so it is difficult to have an advantage over others. That means that any detail you can improve during practice is important, as in the race everything tightens up. I have pace, especially in practice and qualifying and I feel strong on the bike. What I need to improve is being able to fight more in the race and being able to pass more riders more easily, especially under braking. I will work on that. I'm looking forward to the race."

Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit

Lenght: 4.423m
Right Corners: 8
Left corners: 5
Longest straight: 607m
Width: 11m
Fastest Lap: 1:46.004
(Jorge Martin 2017)
Circuit Record: 1:46.723
(Brad Binder 2015)

Source: SIC Racing Team

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