#CatalanGP - May 26, 2024

The Moto3™ class provided another stunner in Sunday’s race at the Gran Premi de Catalunya until the final laps, but it was eventually David Alonso who took the win in Montmelo. Daniel Holgado delivered a solid performance to finish sixth and take important points for the championship as he now stands second fourteen points behind, while Jacob Roulstone's incredible recovery from P16 on the grid saw him finishing eighth.

With just a tiny point ahead of David Alonso in the championship, big points were needed for Daniel Holgado if he wanted to retain his lead today. Starting from P9 on the grid, Holgado took a rocket start to his race, arriving in second at the first corner, behind Ivan Ortola, and with Colin Veijer-David Munoz behind.  From the first lap, a quite big leading group of ten riders formed itself, with the likes of Jose Rueda and David Alonso. From there, it was the usual Moto3™ senario, with Ortola-Holgado-Veijer constantly overtaking each other for the lead, allowing the rest to get closer and closer.  After ten laps, title rival Alonso was becoming more threatening and settled within the top 3, with Holgado now fifth, but his lap times were faster than the front allowing him to progress to a provisional podium, although it continued to change, while Luca Lunetta found himself just in the wheels of Dani, coming from P8. Within the final laps, there was a front four of Alonso-Ortola-Viejer-Holgado forming itself, with a 0.8 seconds gap on the rest. Who was going to take the win? Quickly though, Dani lost a bit of rhythm as the tyres drop became tough to handle in addition to the low-grip of the track, and the gap was made with him and the other three. At that time, Rueda was charging, and passed the #96, and then it was Munoz’ turn to take the advantage on the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 rider. In the final laps, Dani was only able to retain his sixth place, while David Alonso took the win, to become the new Moto3™ championship leader, fourteen points ahead of Holgado.

Jacob Roulstone was starting from the sixteenth position today ahead of his home Grand Prix away from home. The rookie took a good start as he tried to make it through the traffic jam, and he held on to his position within the first lap, settling down at the doors of the top 15. Once he got into his race pace, the rookie progressively moved up, and in ten laps he was in the top 10, back with the leading group, with similar lap times than the leaders’. Then he was in P9, and then P8. With five to go, we saw the rookie loosing some ground on the leading group, in eleventh behind Joel Esteban, after the overtook three riders but went wide. Eventually, the Australian made his way back in the top 10, to finish in P8. From P16 to P8, Jacob Roulstone provided us with a great performance as we head to the next round in Mugello, eager to do even better! Rendez-vous in just a week for the Italian Grand Prix, on May 31-June 2.

Position: 6th

Championship: 2nd

Points: 104

"We did a good race overall today, and I am happy with the outcome because managing the tyres in the end with the low grip was extremely difficult. I lost some positions in the final laps, but I was trying my hardest to limit the drop. In the end, we took P6, we scored important points for the championship, and we are already looking forward to the fight in Mugello next week."

Position: 8th

Championship: 12th

Points: 35

"Today was not perfect, but overall I am very happy with our race and the way I rode. We knew that we needed to be more aggressive from the start, and I believe that I was able to do so. We worked our way back, we were just a tenth from the front group, with a solid pace. At some point, I passed three riders in turn 1 but lost it a bit, and then I knew that at that stage of the race it would be difficult to come back, so I focused on myself, trying to save the tyres. I did what I needed to do today, although there are still a few things to improve, but I am happy with the progress made over the weekend, we found some good set ups to head to Mugello.”

Team Principal

"It was another incredible and intense Moto3 race in Catalunya today. From P9 on the grid, Daniel Holgado took an awesome start, to P2 at the first braking, and he raced in the front group until the end, even leading at times. However, he struggled a bit to follow the pace of the front three when they increased their rhythm towards the end, but we are happy to take important points for the championship. Sixth is not what we are looking for, but we saw it last season, it is key to score strong points every weekend if you want to win a championship, and this is what we have been doing so far. We lost the championship lead to our main opponent, but we are still well in the game, before heading to Mugello next week with a good mood, as it was the theater of an incredible race from Dani in 2023. Jacob Roulstone did a tremendous race, starting from P16 to recover to P8, with an incredible recovery and fast lap times. Our rookie is impressing us more and more race after race, and we are super happy for the work he has achieved this week in Montmelo.”


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