Moto2 2024
Round 4

Resilience exercise in Jerez for Chantra and Aji

es Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto

The IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia riders demonstrated remarkable physical and mental resilience in the fourth race of the Moto2 World Championship in Jerez.

Resilience exercise in Jerez for Chantra and Aji

Despite encountering challenges, Thai rider Somkiat Chantra showcased his determination by recovering from a difficult start, where he went wide in a corner on the first lap. He impressively worked his way up the field to secure a finish inside the top 10. Meanwhile, Indonesian rookie Mario Aji achieved his best result to date, finishing 16th, just one place out of the points zone.

Hiroshi Aoyama
Hiroshi Aoyama
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
In today's Moto2 race, our results weren't perfect, but I believe it was a productive race overall. Chantra faced challenges early on, making a mistake in the first lap and losing some positions. However, he showed resilience by working his way back up to 10th place by the end of the race. While finishing in the Top 10 is important, there were a few errors that impacted his performance, particularly in braking. Improving in this area will be key for the next race in Le Mans.
As for Mario, he was satisfied with the bike's feel, but there's still room for improvement. It's clear that he needs to further adapt to the Moto2 riding style. However, it's important to recognize that he's on his own journey of growth and development. Each race provides valuable experience, and he's progressing in the right direction. We'll continue to support him as he works towards taking the next step in his performance.

Somkiat Chantra
Somkiat Chantra 35
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
Today was a thought race day at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto. Initially, we had a promising start to the race, gaining positions on the first turn. However, as we approached turn two, the bike started shaking uncontrollably, causing me to go long. Unfortunately, this resulted in losing some of the positions I had gained earlier. 
Despite this mistake, I remained focused and worked hard throughout the rest of the race and I managed to take the 10th place finish. While it's not the result we had hoped for, it's a step in the right direction.
It's clear that there are areas where we need to improve, particularly in braking. The upcoming Tuesday's test will provide the perfect opportunity to work on these weaknesses and fine-tune the bike's setup.
I'm determined to come back stronger in the next race, and I want to thank everyone for their continued support.

Mario Aji
Mario Aji 34
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
The race turned out to be quite entertaining, just as we anticipated from yesterday's expectations. I had a great time battling it out with the other riders throughout the race. Although I faced some challenges along the way, the silver lining is that we could work on these areas that need improvement this Tuesday on test day here also in Jerez.
I'm eager to take my performance to the next level, it's exciting to see the progress we've made, both with the bike's development and my own skills. While I understand that becoming competitive takes time, I'm confident that we're on the right way.
Overall, it hasn't been a bad weekend. I enjoyed my time here in Jerez, especially considering that I missed some days during the preseason test. It's good to see everything falling into place according to our plans. I'm hopeful that we can maintain this upward trajectory and continue to increase our speed. I want to express my gratitude to my team for believe in me and their patience as we progress together.

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