Moto3 Qatar RACE: Red Bull KTM take a 1-2 as Masia wins and Acosta takes a debut podium
Moto3 was a stunning display of competition as normal with Masia victorious.
Jaume Masia won a chaotic Moto3 with lots of barging and battling as we have come to expect over the years in the past, the Red Bull KTM’s are proving they have returned to the front with Ayumu Sasaki joining Masia and Acosta in the fight for victory on the Tech3 Red Bull KTM Moto3 machine before a crash in the late stages of the race took him out of podium contention.
It was a tough day for many riders who have their eyes on the title including Dennis Foggia, the Italian rider has his eyes set on the Moto3 title and he is going to have to wait another week to be able to contend after he was knocked off by Carlos Tatay in the opening lap of the race which Tatay was punished with a long lap penalty. A few laps later Xavier Artigas made a rookie mistake which caused John McPhee, Jeremy Alcoba and Andrea Migno to be skittled out of the race, Artigas had an inside line heading into the corner where there is less grip on the track and had nowhere to go as he clattered into his competition meaning Leopard leave the weekend with a 0 next to their name. A weekend of learning for Artigas as McPhee, Migno and Alcoba all lose a potential 25 points in their title campaign.
Binder was not afraid to scrap in the race making contact with Gabriel Rodrigo on multiple occasions as the duo battled it out for the victory with Rodrigo eventually taking P5 at the flag as Binder finishes in P3 in his Honda debut after switching from KTM with Sergio Garcia finishing between the two on the Gas Gas.
Niccolo Antonelli was another rider who showed lots of pace running in P1 during the race at times with Izan Guevara also impressing on his Moto3 debut at the track proving we have some very impressive rookies. Another rider who impressed was Tatsuki Suzuki who managed P8 overall despite not doing any pre-season testing.
Major shout out to Jason Dupasquier in P10, the Swiss Moto3 rider took his first Moto3 points in the class with a top 10 finish with Prustel GP as Maximilian Kofler did the same in P15 taking his first Moto3 points.
Featured image – Red Bull KTM Ajo