Sasaki reduces Championship gap with P2 in Aussie rain thriller, Veijer strong fourth

As expected, the Australian Grand Prix delivered rain and strong winds on this 16th race Sunday of the season. But for the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto3 duo, it turned into an endurance test, which both second-placed Ayumu Sasaki and fourth-placed Collin Veijer passed with flying colours.

Heavy rain and thick spray made the Moto3 race at Phillip Island an extraordinary challenge. Already in the morning warm-up, it had rained at just 12°C.
Ayumu Sasaki was nevertheless hopeful of taking a start-finish victory from pole position at this 16th Grand Prix of the year, but unfortunately, this mission failed a few corners before the end of the race when Deniz Öncü relegated him to second place. Before that, however, the Japanese made a good start and took the holeshot in the first corner. And while numerous competitors crashed, Sasaki fought his way back into the lead after having to relinquish it to Adrian Fernandez until lap 18.
The near triumph was within Ayumu Sasaki's grasp, as was the World Championship lead, but at the end of the day, the most important thing was to stay seated and finish as many positions ahead of Jaume Masia as possible. Sasaki eventually crossed the line in second place, 0.407s behind race winner Deniz Öncü. With only four championship points difference, the 23-year-old now travels to Thailand for the last stop of this triple-header, where he will continue to fight for the championship lead with even more bite.

A big "chapeau" also goes to Collin Veijer. The Dutchman managed the treacherous conditions on the 4.45 km Australian track like a pro.
After a successful start, the rookie immediately moved up two positions to the front. In fourth place, he chased down the leading group, in which he was involved for long stretches of the race. However, in the course of the 21-lap race, it became clear that the 18-year-old was not quite able to keep up with the leading pace, which is why he finished his race solidly in fourth place and was able to enjoy another 13 points.

Next stop: Thailand. From 27th to 29th of October, the successful duo of the German Moto3 racing team will have their next chance to fight for victories, podium places, and even the World Championship lead.


1.   Jaume MASIA/ SPA/ HONDA – 1'49.237
2.   David MUÑOZ/ SPA/ KTM – 1'49.346 (+0.109)
3.   Mario AJI/ INA/ HONDA – 1'49.348 (+0.111)
6.   Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP/ HUSQVARNA – 1'50.569 (+1.332)
17. Collin VEIJER/ NED/ HUSQVARNA – 1'52.098 (+2.861)

1.   Deniz ÖNCÜ/ TUR/ KTM
2.   Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP/ HUSQVARNA – (+0.407)
3.   Joel KELSO/ AUS/ CFMOTO – (+4.392)
4.   Collin VEIJER/ NED/ HUSQVARNA – (+23.062)

World Championship
1.   Jaume MASIA/ SPA/ – 217
2.   Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP – 213 (-4)
3.   Daniel HOLGADO/ SPA - 195 (-22)
12. Collin VEIJER/ NED – 89 (-128)

Team Classification
2.   RED BULL KTM AJO – 291 (-11)
3.   LEOPARD RACING – 278 (-24)