Moto2 2024
Round 9

Tough Saturday for Chantra and Aji at Sachsenring

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The IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia riders had a challenging Saturday at the Sachsenring during the German Grand Prix Qualifying.

Tough Saturday for Chantra and Aji at Sachsenring

Thai rider Somkiat Chantra, who showed promise path during Friday's practice, suffered a setback with a crash on the first lap of the morning session. This incident impacted his performance for the rest of the day, and he ultimately secured P17 in Qualifying. Meanwhile, Indonesian rookie Mario Aji also faced difficulties, concluding the day in 25th place on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Hiroshi Aoyama
Hiroshi Aoyama
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
The qualifying session at the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix saw challenging conditions with track temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, making it tough for the riders. Somkiat Chantra, who had a significant crash in the morning, saw his confidence take a hit. Despite setting a new lap record the previous day, Chantra's performance in today's session was not as strong after the crash, resulting in a 17th place finish.
Mario Aji ended up in 25th position. However, a silver lining for both Chantra and Aji is that the time gap between them and the riders ahead is relatively small. This suggests that with improved race pace, they could potentially catch up and gain several positions during the race. The narrow gap provides hope for a better performance during the race tomorrow.

Somkiat Chantra
Somkiat Chantra 35
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
Today was Qualifying day of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring. It has been a challenging day since the beginning, with the track becoming increasingly hot and difficult. Despite the tough conditions, there is no time for excuses. We need to focus on identifying and correcting today's mistakes quickly to avoid repeating them in tomorrow's race.
Starting from 17th position is challenging, but I have confidence in myself and in the team's efforts. We are determined to turn things around and achieve a strong race result here at Sachsenring.

Mario Aji
Mario Aji 34
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
It was quite a tough day, as most riders had difficulties improving their lap times due to the challenging track conditions and hot temperatures. Today's goal wasn't just about setting a fast lap; it was more about maintaining a proper pace for tomorrow's race.
Despite seeing some improvements compared to yesterday, I struggled with grip during qualifying. However, there's no room for desperation since the gap with the riders ahead is small. We're going to work hard to reduce that gap and be in the fight for important positions tomorrow.
I will give it my all in the race. Now, I need to stay confident, calm, and focused to ensure the best performance possible. We're going to evaluate the best strategy for tomorrow, and the team is optimistic about our potential. We believe that with the right approach, we can achieve a strong result.

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