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German Moto3, Sachsenring Practice | Sasaki smashes lap record

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Ayumu Sasaki wasted no time in establishing his authority on Moto3’s return to Germany as he smashed the Sachsenring lap record right out of the box in P1 to lead the way on Friday.

With the arrival of rain during the lunch break making P2 damp and therefore slower, all riders achieved their Friday standards in the morning session with Sasaki straight up to pace on the IntactGP Husqvarna.

Still seeking his first win of the 2023 Moto3 season, the Japanese rider reeled off a handful of quick laps, peaking with a 1m 25.840secs lap to set a brand-new marker.


He wasn’t alone in setting a scintillating pace with Deniz Oncu - who was pipped to Mugello glory on the run to the line by Daniel Holgado just five days ago - just two tenths adrift of his rival to hold down second on the timesheets.

However, there was a full half-second between the Turk and third place man Jaume Masia on the Leopard Honda, the Spaniard heading off countryman Ivan Ortola and Ryusei Yamanaka, the Japanese rider impressing on the edge of the top five.

Championship leader Holgado was a full second down on Sasaki but it was good enough for sixth, ahead of Kaito Toba, Stefano Nepa and Jose Antonio Rueda.

Rounding out the top ten in the dry, Matteo Bertelle emerged fastest of all in the wet during P2, ahead of Adrian Fernandez - returning to Moto3 this weekend by stepping in for the injured Tetsuki Suzuki at Leopard Racing - and Oncu.

Of the VisionTrack Racing Brits, Scott Ogden completed his day in 16th, with Josh Whatley enjoying a more competitive day in 22nd of 29 bikes.

German Moto3, Sachsenring | Combined Friday Practice Results

Friday | Conditions - P1 Dry, P2 Wet
2023 German Moto3 | Sachsenring, Germany | Combined Friday Practice Results | Round 7 of 20
1Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 25.840
2Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 26.089
3Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHonda1m 26.507
4Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 26.673
5Ryusei YamanakaJPNGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 26.841
6Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 26.843
7Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 27.068
8Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 27.120
9Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 27.242
10Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 27.272
11David AlonsoCOLGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 27.299
12Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTM1m 27.347
13Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 27.390
14Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 27.502
15Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 27.579
16Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 27.585
17David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 27.641
18Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 27.719
19David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTM1m 27.800
20Taiyo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 27.815
21Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 27.820
22Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 27.822
23Joel KelsoAUSCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 28.014
24Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1m 28.483
25Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 28.866
26Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 29.166
27Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 29.197
28Buarsi TachakornTHAHonda Team AsiaKTM1m 29.207
29Danial SharilMALMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 29.920

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