Ayumu Sasaki - Personal Profile
|Date of birth
|Grand Prix Debut
||2012 Qatar GP
||2017 Qatar GP
|First GP Win
||2016 – Moto3 Grand Prix of Malaysia
Ayumu Sasaki, Rider Biography
In 2016, he made his Moto3 debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix with the Gresini Racing team, as the replacement rider for the injured Enea Bastianini. One year later, he was signed up to race in the 2017 Moto3 World Championship for the Sepang Racing Team. Sasaki had an impressive rookie campaign, finishing in the points eight times, twice in the top ten (8th place in Mugello, and 7th at Phillip Island), and ended up winning Rookie of the Year, scoring 32 points and finishing 20th in the standings.
Staying with Sepang Racing Team for the 2018 Moto3 World Championship, Sasaki once again finished in the points eight times, with three top-10 results (7th place in Austria, and 8th place in Qatar, 9th in Motegi). He finished the season 20th in the standings, this time with 50 points.
In his final year with the Petronas Sepang Racing Team, he further improved, achieving five top-ten finishes (5th in Argentina, 6th in Britain, 7th in Australia, 8th in Barcelona, and 9th in Germany), 11 point-scoring finishes, and a pole position at the Sachsenring. He finished 20th in the standings with 62 points.
Sasaki rode for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, the youngster collected 49 points. He finished in the points seven times, in the top-10 three times, and scored his first career Moto3 podium at Aragón, seeing the chequered flag in 2nd place, just 0.051 seconds from first. Sasaki started the 2021 season well, with a 7th place in Doha, a 4th place in Portimão, a 5th place in Jerez, a 5th place in Le Mans, and a 4th place in Mugello. However, the Japanese rider was involved in a big on-track accident at the Catalan Grand Prix. Following the incident, Sasaki did not participate in the following two races. He returned for the Styrian Grand Prix, finishing in 5th place, before scoring his only podium of the season three races later in Aragón, finishing 3rd. Despite it being a somewhat disrupted season, he scored 120 points and finished 9th in the championship standings.
In 2022, Sasaki moved to the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max team and had his best season to date. He stood on the podium nine times, including two wins in The Netherlands and Austria, to finish fourth in the final rankings with 238 points.
This year, he dons the Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP colours as he battles for the Moto3 Championship. Thirteen GPs into the season, he has stood on the podium seven times (2nd in France, 3rd in Italy, 2nd in Germany, 2nd in The Netherlands, 2nd in Great Britain, 3rd in Austria, and 3rd in India). Before the Japanese GP, he is right in the title chase, holding third in the overall standings, just one point from the leading duo.