#SpanishGP - April 28, 2024

The Moto3™ class gave the go to the most-awaited day of the weekend on Sunday morning as they took their fourth start of the season at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto. After a chaotic qualifying day filled with crashes, Daniel Holgado and Jacob Roulstone fought through pain today to score important points for the team, as they claimed 7th and 12th of the Gran Premio de España, allowing the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 squad to head to their home Grand Prix in Le Mans as championship leaders.

After his crash in the outing lap in qualifying, Daniel Holgado was forced to start from the eighteenth position on the grid. The start was going to be tricky, but the #96 managed to negotiate a decent start, as he progressed to P13 in one lap, and soon after he moved to 12th behind Angel Piqueras, his rival from Austin. He did not stay too long behind the rookie as he progressed to P10 in the same lap, and then made a move on Adrian Fernandez to sit in 9th as he headed to lap 3. Meanwhile, title rival David Alonso had crashed in the opening lap, leaving Colin Veijer to sit in the lead of the race. As the leading group had made a two second-gap already, there was Nicola Carraro and Stefano Nepa from MTA ahead of Dani. He overtook the first one quickly, but Nepa was a bit more difficult to handle and he remained for a while behind the MTA rider. In the leading group, Joel Esteban and Joel Keslo had lost some ground on the now front four, while behind the battle for 7th was getting more intense, as Dani continued to pressure Nepa, while Fernandez was close behind. However, that also meant they were losing time on the front, with a 2.7 secs gap to the race leader. Eventually, Holgado found the right moment in lap 12 to make a move on the MTA rider, and Fernandez followed too, and overtook Dani. He remained at the 8th place while the leader of his group became the #31. Meanwhile, Alonso had already made his way back to P12.  In the final lap, Holgado made a successful move on Fernandez to gain one more position, but a late crash from Esteban just ahead disturbed him, and he saw the checkered flag in P7. Dani scored 9 points allowing him to retain the championship lead, six points clear from David Alonso.

Saturday was not ideal either for Jacob Roulstone who suffered two difficult crashes, and he headed into the race starting from P17. The body felt painful, but the young rookie decided to fight through it on his first Moto3™ race in his adoptive country. When the lights went out, he gained two positions, and then progressed to the point-scoring positions two laps later on, to sit behind Taiyo Furusato. The pain appeared manageable as he made a move on the number 72, to progress to P14, and later on he progressed to P12 as he had settled into a decent race pace. However, on lap 12, we saw the Australian rider drop positions and go through a loss of rhythm, but he did not give up and progressively made his way back to 13th. The late crash of Esteban offered him the 12th position, a great achievement for Jacob who showed today that he was a fighter! The rookie has scored points every weekend so far, and he will for sure want to do it again as the team will head next to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix. Before that, the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 squad stays in Jerez for the Official Moto3™ Jerez Test, on Tuesday 30th April.

Position: 7th

Championship: 1st

Points: 74

"It was a very difficult race for me because I felt a lot of pain today after yesterday’s crash in qualifying. I am really happy with our race, we fought hard for every position, and after starting from P18, we made it to P7 in the end, and we scored important points for the championship. Thank you to my team for their incredible work this weekend!"

Position: 12th

Championship: 10th

Points: 23

"I felt a lot of pain in my body after my two crashes from yesterday, but I decided to push through anyway. We started quite well, but after ten laps the pain on my shoulder and wrist became more intense, and I lost a bit of rhythm. I decided to settle into a pace, got at the back of my group and focused on finishing the race. We scored points, which is very important, so we can be happy today. Thank you to my team for their work!”

Team Manager

"I would like to start by congratulating both Daniel Holgado and Jacob Roulstone. Yesterday was pretty chaotic for us, they were both affected by their crashes and we did not know if they would be able to do the full race. However, today, Dani fought hard for a P7 after starting from P18 on the grid, and Jacob managed to finish twelfth. They both went through the pain, gave everything they had to bring important points to the team, so I would like to say thank you to them for their never give-up attitude. We managed to retain our lead on the championship, and even extend it, even if David Alonso made a huge job coming back to P11 after his crash, but we are happy with our small gap of six points. Jacob Roulstone also scored four points, which is never easy in Moto3. He came back to the pit box in pain, but he can be proud of the work achieved today. Thank you to the whole team for giving a good end to a weekend which had not been great so far, thank you for all the hard work, and again, thank you to Dani and Jacob, I am really proud of them.”


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