Moto3 Thailand, FP2: A still-recovering Ayumu Sasaki gets the top

Ayumu Sasaki has not yet completely recovered from an injury on his left wrist. Nonetheless, he managed to register the best time during FP2, ahead of Kornfeil and Rodrigo.

Ayumu Sasaki finished the second free practice with the best lap time (even though not the best absolute time, that still belongs to Kornfeil). The 2015 Asia Talent Cup Champion knows this track by heart, and despite getting injured on his left wrist in Misano he still managed to take the lead in Thailand, but with a very short margin from Jakub Kornfeil, Gabriel Rodrigo, Niccolò Antonelli and Fabio Di Giannantonio, all in less than a tenth from the Japanese rider.

Compared to FP1, temperatures were even higher, and the riders had to deal with a not-so-easy situation on track. Some riders fell right after the beginning of the round, in particular the wild card Chantra on Turn 3 and Bezzecchi on Turn 5: both managed to immediately re-enter the competition after going back to their pit lanes. Halfway through the round, the ranking got more stable with Arbolino leading ahead of Suzuki and Di Giannantonio, while Dalla Porta slipped on Turn 1 (luckily with no serious consequences).

Noteworthy also a crash on Turn 7 between Pérez and McPhee, with the Scottish rider starting the accident but having to struggle to break free from his colleague’s bike that fell on him. Out of caution, he was then taken to the Medical Center on a gurney for further checkups. Ayumu Sasaki got the head of the overall final ranking, closely followed by Jakub Kornfeil, Gabriel Rodrigo, Niccolò Antonelli and Fabio Di Giannantonio. Tatsuki Suzuki arrived more than a tenth after, getting the 6th place ahead of Adam Norrodin and John McPhee, with Tony Arbolino and Somkiat Chantra filling up the remaining positions in the top 10.

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