Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Diogo Moreira, winner of Moto3 2023 at the Mandalika circuit

In Moto3, the Brazilian Diogo Moreira (KTM) took his first World Cup victory on the Indonesian track after dominating from start to finish ahead of the Colombian David Alonso (GasGas) and Spanish David Munoz (KTM), which rose from tenth position to the podium.

Meanwhile, the leader of the small displacement, the Spanish Jaume Masia (Honda), was not able to defend his second starting place and finished sixth, a result that still allows him to have a 16-point advantage over the Japanese Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna), who was left without scoring, being eighteenth after crashing on the formation lap and being relegated to the back of the grid.

For its part, Dani Holgado (KTM), who suffered a double penalty for exceeding the track limits in the final stretch of the race, was able to enter the points after finishing fourteenth, and remains third in the championship, 17 units behind Algemesí.

Moreira retained the lead of the race as soon as the traffic lights went out ahead of David Alonso and the Dutchman Collin Veijer (Husqvarna), with Masià falling from second to seventh place. In the second round, Holgado took the lead of the race.

The man from Alicante tried to escape, but Masià reached him and managed to climb back to the podium places. His fierce fighting allowed the pursuers to get closer; among the six candidates for victory, Moreira regained the lead with eight laps remaining while Holgado was penalized with two ‘long laps’ for getting out of the green.

Thus, Moreira signed the first World Cup victory for Brazil since Alex Barros achieved it in 2005. Among the rest of the Spaniards, José Antonio Rueda (KTM) was fifth, ahead of Masià; Iván Ortolá (KTM) finished ninth; Holgado finished fourteenth; and Xavi Artigas (CFMoto) was nineteenth. Neither Adrian Fernandez (Honda) nor Ana Carrasco (KTM) were able to finish.


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