Ryusei Yamanaka and Filip Salac both showed a strong performance at the Styrian Grand Prix and finished the Moto3 race in 7th and 11th place
For the Moto3 class, the Grand Prix of Styria appeared on race Sunday for the first time this weekend from the really rainy side. The warm-up session in the morning was completely wet, while the rain slowly eased off for the race. However, the track did not yet dry for the race start, which meant a switch to rain tires for the PrüstelGP team riders. A challenge that both Ryusei Yamanaka and Filip Salac mastered with flying colors.
Ryusei Yamanaka (7th | 40’15.949) started from 19th place into the race of the Styrian GP. The Japanese already showed a very good start – followed by probably one of the best races of his career. He fought his way to the front right at the start and then set consistently fast lap times, so that he was finally able to finish the race in a strong 7th place. Yamanaka aims to repeat this Sunday’s performance next weekend, but the focus is clearly on Friday and Saturday in order to start the second race at the Red Bull Ring with a better starting position.
Filip Salac (11th | 40’22.306) entered today’s race from 17th place after a difficult qualifying session and also delivered an excellent race on the KTM bike, which was entirely new to him. The Czech fought his way up to 9th place after the start and was able to hold this position during the first third of the race. Towards the end of the race, Salac lost two of the places he had previously gained and thus finished the GP of Styria in a good 11th place overall.
The next Moto3 race will take place next Sunday, August 15, with the Austrian Grand Prix yet again at the Red Bull Ring.
Ryusei Yamanaka, 7th overall (40’15.949, +30.080)
“I was able to make up a number of places right after the start. Only three laps later, I was in 7th place. After that, however, I couldn’t increase the rhythm any further. At some point a gap opened up in front of me, but I was able to close it again by the end – on the last lap I thus improved from 8th to 7th place, my best result in Moto3 so far. I’m very happy about this, but I also know that in the future I have to set a better preparation on Friday and Saturday in order to really use my strengths on race Sunday and to be able to get to the very top. This is the goal for next weekend here in Austria.”
Filip Salac, 11th overall (40’22.306, +36.437)
“I am happy with the result, especially considering that it was the first race on KTM and in the new, old team. I was able to move up from 19th to 11th place, despite the half wet, half dry conditions. I’m now looking forward to riding again here at the Red Bull Ring next week, taking the initial experience from this weekend and building up on it. Many thanks to the whole team!”
Florian Prüstel, Teammanager
“We started the weekend on Friday with Filip as a new rider, with Ryu we also had problems at the beginning – two challenges that we have mastered well as a whole team. This was also evident with Filip’s third place in the third free practice session. For Ryusei, we also found a good solution in the set-up and were thus able to start the race Sunday confidently despite the challenging qualifying sessions. Both riders showed an extremely strong performance, despite the fact that the entire setup strategy was somewhat messed up by the rain and the partially drying track. We can be really satisfied with 7th and 11th place. I’m very proud of the whole team and I’d also like to thank all our partners and sponsors who are always by our side and support us either here at the track or from home. We are looking forward to part two, next week, here in Austria.”
- Pedro Acosta, Red Bull KTM Ajo
- Sergio Garcia, SANTANDER Consumer GASGAS
- Romano Fenati, Sterilgarda Max Racing Team
- Jaume Masia, Red Bull KTM Ajo
- Ayumu Sasaki, Red Bull KTM Tech3
- Darryn Binder, Petronas Sprinta Racing
- Ryusei Yamanaka, Carxpert PrüstelGP
- Yuki Kunii, Honda Team Asia
- Maximilian Kofler, CIP Green Power
- Adrian Fernandez, Sterilgarda Max Racing Team
- Filip Salac, Carxpert PrüstelGP
Pictures by ©  RLekl