Okubo shows further progress on race day at Assen27/06/2021
The Avant Ajo MotoE rider finishes in a solid eighth position at Round 4 of the 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup season.
Okubo continues to gain experience in the FIM MotoE World Cup and coupled that with a solid race at the Round 4 of the season, the Dutch GP, finishing eighth. The Japanese showed positive progress throughout the weekend, and capped it off by catching the leading group and challenging the Top 4. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider placed in the points once again, in the final contest before the summer break.
A fantastic start took him from 10th on the grid to sixth at the end of Lap 1. Hikari Okubo gave his all and, after overtaking two other rivals, pushed hard to reel in the leading group. Unfortunately, halfway through the contest, the Japanese dropped several positions, to eighth. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider is already working with his team to identify the issue, to fix it for the next round.
After Round 4 of the FIM MotoE World Cup, Hikari Okubo occupies 10th position in the championship with 24 points. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider will return to action after the summer break from August 13-15th, alongside the Austrian Grand Prix.
Results – Race
1. Eric Granado 12:10.143
2. Jordi Torres +0.844
3. Alessandro Zaccone +0.925
4. Matteo Ferrari +1.518
5. Lukas Tulovic +2.656
8. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) +4.728
MotoE World Cup Standing 2021
1. Alessandro Zaccone 70 points
2. Jordi Torres 63 points
3. Eric Granado 53 points
4. Dominique Aegerter 53 points
5. Mattia Casadei 43 points
10. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 24 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“It was a promising weekend for Hikari [Okubo]. We must not forget that adapting to this class requires time, due to the short testing period that the riders have. Hikari showed good progress this weekend and, in the first part of the race, entered into the fight for the Top 4 on the opening laps. We have to analyse what happened at the end, since he struggled with the bike and that caused him to give up several places. We will try to find the solution to be ready for battle in Austria.”
78 HIKARI OKUBO
“This was not the result we had hoped for. I gave it my best in the first part of the race and I managed to hunt down the leading group; my feeling was getting better. However, from Lap 3 on, we could not brake hard or open up the throttle quickly. We managed to finish the contest in eighth position, which is a fairly good result. Now we have a break, in which we will try to get fully prepared for the next round. We will try again in Austria.”