#FrenchGP - May 12, 2024

Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 is leaving Le Mans with strong points scored, thanks to Daniel Holgado who finished second of the Michelin® Grand Prix de France, allowing him to retain the Moto3™ championship lead, with a tiny margin of one point on David Alonso. Jacob Roulstone took twelfth on Sunday and scored points for the fifth time in a row.

Looking to defend his crown after he won the 2023 edition of the French Grand Prix, Daniel Holgado was starting from the front row, in second, after missing out on the pole position by just 0.011 seconds. When lights went out, pole man David Alonso took the lead, but soon in the first turns Holgado managed to get the best of him to settle in the front. As the Spaniard had predicted it, there was not really a leading group, as many riders stayed close to each other. If Dani kept his lead for many laps, there was a queue close to him, all observing the #96’s moves. Eventually, with twelve laps to go, Dani let go of Colin Veijer at the front, but David Munoz was close on his back wheel. Eventually, Munoz took a double long lap penalty due to irresponsible riding, releasing a bit of pressure on Dani. Halfway through the race, we saw the front group of Veijer, Holgado, Alonso, Ortola and Yamanaka make the gap as they increased the pace. Behind, Esteban was coming in hot, with impressive lap times, which allowed him to catch up with the leading group. Meanwhile, Holgado was back in first ahead of Veijer with six laps to go. The final laps were set to be explosive, with at least seven riders able to grab the win. With four laps to go, Dani went a bit wide allowing his contender to take the lead, and that was without David Alonso joining the battle. The Columbian showed great control of the end of his race, when he took the lead with just one lap to go. Dani finished in second, his fourth podium of the season, and will head to the next round with a one point-lead on the Moto3™ championship!

Eager to do well on his team’s home turf, there was also Jacob Roulstone, the Australian rookie who was starting from P11. He took a decent start to P8 as the aim was to stick with the front group, to benefit from their slipstreams. After everyone settled into their paces, Jacob was in tenth. The rookie kept his place for a while, learning from the others, but a small mistake saw him going down to P13. The rookie finished twelfth of the French Grand Prix and scored another four points, meaning that he will head to Barcelona thirteenth in the championship.

Thank you Le Mans for a great weekend, see you next year!

Position: 2th

Championship: 1st

Points: 94

"It was an incredible race, difficult, but I am very happy to take second place and to keep the championship lead. We did a great job all weekend, and our pace in the race was strong. We are heading to Barcelona next, where my title rivals are really strong, so it will be important for us to prepare our weekend very well and be smart if we want to stay at the lead. Thank you to my  team!"

Position: 12th

Championship: 13th

Points: 27

"I am quite happy with our weekend overall, even if I am a bit disappointed with how the race finished today, but we learnt a lot and I felt good all race. We took a good start, the first laps were decent, but later I got pushed by another rider and lost some ground. Anyway, great weekend, many learnings, see you in Barcelona!”

Team Manager

"Great Moto3 race here in Le Mans! Daniel Holgado put on a great show in front of our home crowd, leading most of the race. He won last year, and was on a mission here to make his team happy in France. He fought until the very end today but got beaten in the last corner by David Alonso, and took second, a great result for both Dani and the team. The target is to be consistent, round after round, and this is what we have been doing so far, and it is allowing us to still be leading the championship. Dani was fantastic all weekend, so I would like to congratulate him for his work. Our rookie Jacob Roulstone was in the leading group for most of the race, but a small mistake towards the end saw him losing some positions, and he finished P12. It is still a great result, let’s not forget he is a rookie. He scored points in all the races so far, which is not easy in Moto3. He is impressing us every weekend, he is smart, and he knows what he wants, so congratulations Jacob. I am very happy with our Moto3 crew who delivered another great weekend, both on track and off track, because the French GP is a tough event, and they were always available for the sollicitations.”


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