The FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship has given rise to many top MotoGP riders. The Asia Talent Team, including Takuma Matsuyama (Asia Talent Team), Mario Suryo Aji (Astra Honda Racing Team), and Tatchakorn Buasri (Honda Racing Thailand), competed in a total of eight races in 2021.
Asia Talent Team Starts Season Well
The opening round was held at Circuito do Estoril in Portugal, where the junior talent team were off to a good start. Aji, who started eighth on the grid, moved up to third place, but was overtaken at the last possible minute to finish fourth by an 0,06s gap. Matsuyama started from third grid, to finish sixth after a heated battle. Buasri rode a solid race to finish 15th earning one championship point.
Matsuyama shined in Round 2, held in Valencia. In Race 1 the Japanese rider lapped at an impressive pace, heading into the last lap in the lead. He missed out on victory by 0.076 after being overtaken on the last turn, but was nonetheless on the podium in second place. Jose Julian Garcia (SIC58 SQUADRA CORSE) was second in Race 2, while Aji was eighth / fifth and fourth in the standings at the end of Round 2. Matsuyama at this stage was fifth overall, just behind Aji.
Although rounds 3 and 4 were unlucky for the Asia Talent Team riders, Honda rider Syarifuddin Azman (SIC Racing) won Race 1, joined on the podium by third-place Jose Antonio Rueda (Team Estrella Galicia 0,0). Aji was sixth in Race 1, and consistently lapped at the fastest times in Race 1.
Consistent Points in Second Half of the Season
In Round 5, Aragon, Rueda finished second, and Matsuyama was tenth. In Round 6 held at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, Aji was eighth in Race 2, and Matsuyama was tenth. In Round 7, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in San Marino, Aji was eighth despite it being the first time for the Asia Talent Team at the venue.
The season finale, Round 8 in Valencia was a double-header. Aji unfortunately missed the round due to an injured leg. Buasri, strong on wet tracks, started Race 1 from the 21st grid, and finished 13th. Matsuyama crashed in Race 1, but ignored the pain to gain points in Race 2, finishing 14th.
Rueda finished the 2021 championship in eighth place, while Azman was ninth, Garcia tenth, Diego Moreira (Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) 11th, Aji 12th, Matsuyama 14th, and Buarsi 24th.
|1||DANIEL HOLGADO||96||ASPAR JUNIOR TEAM||GasGas||208|
|2||IVAN ORTOLÁ||24||TEAM MTA||KTM||169|
|3||DAVID MUÑOZ||64||AVATEL - CARDOSO RACING||KTM||150|
|4||JOEL KELSO||66||AGR TEAM||KTM||124|
|5||DAVID SALVADOR||38||TM RACING FACTORY TEAM||TM RACING||99|
|6||SCOTT JAMES OGDEN||26||ASPAR JUNIOR TEAM||GasGas||96|
|7||DAVID ALONSO||80||ASPAR JUNIOR TEAM||GasGas||93|
|8||JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA||95||TEAM ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0||Honda||70|
|9||SYARIFUDDIN AZMAN||63||SIC RACING||Honda||64|
|10||JOSÉ JULIÁN GARCÍA||20||SIC58 SQUADRA CORSE||Honda||64|
|11||DIOGO MOREIRA||92||TEAM ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0||Honda||62|
|12||MARIO SURYO AJI||16||Astra Honda Racing Team||Honda||58|
|13||DANIEL MUÑOZ||17||AVATEL - CARDOSO RACING||KTM||56|
|14||TAKUMA MATSUYAMA||32||ASIA TALENT TEAM||Honda||53|
|15||COLLIN VEIJER||9||AC RACING TEAM||Husqvarna||44|
|16||LUCA LUNETTA||58||AC RACING TEAM||Husqvarna||37|
|17||ZONTA VAN DEN GOORBERGH||84||TEAM SUPER B||Honda||30|
|18||Marcos URIARTE||89||LAGLISSE ACADEMY||Husqvarna||29|
|19||JOSHUA WHATLEY||70||TEAM MTA||KTM||25|
|20||GERARD RIU||67||MT-FOUNDATION 77||KTM||23|
|21||Matteo BERTELLE||28||TEAM MTA||KTM||21|
|22||MARCO TAPIA||13||LEOPARD IMPALA JUNIOR TEAM||Honda||18|
|23||MARCOS RUDA||5||GAZZOLA RACING||KTM||15|
|24||TATCHAKORN BUASRI||33||Honda Racing Thailand||Honda||13|
|25||DAVID REAL||23||CUNA DE CAMPEONES||KTM||11|
|26||Alberto FERRÁNDEZ||54||MT-FOUNDATION 77||KTM||10|
|27||NOAH DETTWILER||55||TEAM MTA||KTM||8|
|28||FILIPPO FARIOLI||7||LAGLISSE ACADEMY||Husqvarna||5|
|29||RAFFAELE FUSCO||69||TM RACING FACTORY TEAM||TM RACING||5|
|30||ADRIÁN CRUCES||11||CUNA DE CAMPEONES||KTM||4|
|31||NICOLA FABIO CARRARO||10||TM RACING FACTORY TEAM||TM RACING||4|
|32||CLÉMENT ROUGÉ||45||LAGLISSE ACADEMY||Husqvarna||4|
|33||Marco MORELLI||97||AVATEL - CARDOSO RACING||KTM||3|
|34||SENNA AGIUS||81||SIC58 SQUADRA CORSE||Honda||3|
|35||SHO NISHIMURA||57||MT-FOUNDATION 77||KTM||2|