Moto2 2021
Round 7

Ogura Ready for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Home Race

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Ai Ogura (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) comes to the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit fresh from another great ride. Last Sunday the 20-year-old from Tokyo finished sixth in the Italian GP at Mugello, a hugely impressive result in his first ride at one of MotoGP’s most complex and demanding racetracks.

Ogura Ready for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Home Race

Ogura has scored four top-seven results from his first six races in Moto2, which puts him eighth in the World Championship and gives him the confidence to keep growing. He knows he still has much to learn about riding a Moto2 bike, which makes more than twice the horsepower of the Honda NSF250RW he rode to second place in last year’s Moto3 World Championship.

He goes into this weekend following recent tests at the track, so this time he knows how the layout works for a Moto2 bike. Ogura’s best result so far is fifth place in April’s Doha GP and his current target is to continue steadily building speed and closing the gap to the race winner.

Team-mate Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) scored his first World Championship points of 2021 at Le Mans last month, where he finished in 12th place. The 22-year-old Thai rider knows Barcelona-Catalunya better than most Grand Prix tracks, so he aims to use that knowledge to good effect during this weekend’s Catalan GP.

The main men in the battle for the 2021 Moto2 World Championship are currently team-mates Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex) and Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex). Last Sunday at Mugello the race for victory was between the pair, with Gardner overcoming Fernandez to score his first win of the year and stretch his title lead over Fernandez to six points.

This weekend the 23-year-old Australian and 20-year-old Spaniard will continue their inhouse rivalry, while third-overall Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex) aims to close the points gap with his first victory of the season.

Fourth overall is Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), who slid out of second place at Mugello, his third race tumble in the last four races.

Next appointment for the Moto2 grid is the German GP on June 20th and the Dutch TT on 27th June.

Ai Ogura
Ai Ogura 79
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
Before Mugello we did two days of testing at Catalunya, so we have plenty of data and information that we can use this weekend. Also, I know this track quite well, unlike Mugello, which I hadn’t ridden before last week. Despite not knowing many things about such a complicate track we finished sixth, which was good for us and is good motivation for this weekend. Catalunya is my second home GP, so I hope to fight at the front this time.

Somkiat Chantra
Somkiat Chantra 35
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
After the first few races and the testing we did at Catalunya we now have a good base setting. As always I will have to work hard and give all my strength to try to be in the first group and fighting for a good result. I will keep strong and push hard.

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