Ryusei Yamanaka can´t go beyond a 17th place in the Netherlands
The TT Assen was the last appointment of Moto3 World Championship before the summer break. The cathedral of speed, one of the oldest circuit in the calendar, didn´t meet the expectations of the German team.
Carxpert PrüstelGP and Ryusei Yamanaka had a good start of the weekend on Friday´s free practice. The Japanese rider has always had a great feeling with this track. In 2018, he got a podium in Red Bull Rookies Cup.
Saturday was a bit more complicated. In FP3 he was involved in a huge accident at the end of the session, who prevented him to get directly into Q2. Luckily it had no consequences. Ryusei struggled a bit in Q1 and was forced to start the race from 22nd place.
Starting from the back of the grid and with a long lap penalty from the previous race, Ryusei struggled to keep the rhythm with the front group and finished the race in 17th place.
It´s time for summer break! Carxpert PrüstelGP will be back in one month in Austria, for the second part of the season. The team is ready to welcome back Filip Salac, confident that he will adapt fast to the KTM and will fight for the top positions together with Ryusei.
1-Dennis Foggia, Leopard Racing
2-Sergio Garcia, Gaviota GAS GAS Aspar Team
3-Romano Fenati, Sterilgarda Max Racing Team
4-Pedro Acosta, Red Bull KTM Ajo
5-Tatsuki Suzuki, SIC58 Squadra Corse
6-John McPhee, Petronas Sprinta Racing
7-Darryn Binder, Petronas Sprinta Racing
8-Gabriel Rodrigo, Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3
9-Xavier Artigas, Leopard Racing
10-Jeremy Alcoba, Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3
17- Ryusei Yamanaka, Carxpert PrüstelGP
Ryusei Yamanaka #6
I had a good feeling at the start of the weekend. But then in FP3 I was involved in a accident and I couldn’t get a good lap time to get directly in Q2. I started from 22nd place of the grid and I also had a long lap penalty from the previous race. I didn´t have a good pace so unfortunately I couldn´t stay in the front group. Now I have summer break to reset my mind and get ready for the second part of the season. The goal is to improve especially on Friday and Saturday.
Florian Prüstel, Team Manager
We struggled a bit in free practice and the crash in FP3 prevented us from entering directly into Q2. Unfortunately, Ryusei had to start from 22nd position of the grid. This didn´t help us for the race, as we also had a long lap penalty from Sachsenring. We are looking forward for Austria but first we should take advantage of the summer break and relax. For sure the coming back of Filip will be a great motivation for the team and Ryusei. I want to thank the team and everybody who helped us throughout this first part of the season.
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