The FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship, a pathway to MotoGP has produced many top riders. In 2022 it was renamed the FIM JuniorGP Moto3 Junior World Championship, consisting of eight rounds.
The Asian Talent Team, which aims to develop and nurture top riders from Asia, was represented by Tatchakorn Buasri (Honda Racing Thailand) and Fadillah Aditama (Astra Honda Racing Team).
Buasri’s first win in opening round
On May 8, the opening round of the season took place at the Estoril Circuit (Portugal). Buasri rode an impressive race on a scorching hot track. After qualifying 3rd on the grid, he fought hard in the lead group throughout the race, finishing in 2nd place by 0.1 seconds. He was awarded his first win post-race, after being moved up a position due to a penalty for race winner.
Aditama, making his JuniorGP debut, started 24th but kept up a fast pace and finished 17th. It was a good start to the season for both riders, as they were able to get a solid foothold in the battle for the points.
In Round 2, Valencia Buasri finished 5th in Race 1, but DNF in Race 2, dropping down to 4th in the ranking. Aditama, on the other hand, finished 15th in Race 2 and scored his first championship points.
The third and fourth rounds of the season continued to be tough for the Asia Talent team. In Round 3 in Barcelona, Buasri qualified 4th, but injured his right hand in a crash during warm-up. In Race 1, he was unable to keep up with the lead group and finished 13th, and in race 2, he finished 14th due to contact. In the fourth round in Jerez, Buasri was 5th in Race 2, but both riders had incidents with other riders and crashed, resulting in no points for Aditama.
Round 5 at the Circuito de Algarve (Portugal) was an opportunity for both riders to get going. Aditama had a perfect start from 23rd position. He was up in the top 10 at one point, and eventually finished in 13th place. Buasri finished 6th, going into the summer break in 7th place overall. He headed into the last three rounds aiming to finish in the top 5.
In Round 6 in Misano, Italy, Buasri struggled to finish within the top 5 due to a finger injury, but was able to defend his top 10 position to finish in 8th place. He steadily accumulated points toward the final round. In his first race at Misano, Aditama maintained a steady pace from 21st grid, finishing 15th and earning one point.
Aditama gains momentum towards in the closing rounds
In Round 7, Aragon, Aditama was mesmerizing. Despite starting 28th on the grid due to a qualifying penalty, Aditama made a strong start, overtaking 17 riders to finish 11th, his best result of the season.
In the final round in Valencia, Spain, Buasri finished 12th in both races. He finished the season 9th overall with 85 points. Aditama, in his rookie JuniorGP season, finished 10th in Race 2, his best result so far. His final result was 22nd overall with 18 points. Valencia marked his first top 10 finish, as the season came to a close.
|1||JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA||99||TEAM ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0||Honda||238|
|2||DAVID SALVADOR||38||LAGLISSE ACADEMY||Husqvarna||162|
|3||FILIPPO FARIOLI||7||ASPAR JUNIOR TEAM||GasGas||149|
|4||SYARIFUDDIN AZMAN||63||SIC RACING||Honda||117|
|5||ÁNGEL PIQUERAS||18||TEAM ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0||Honda||105|
|6||COLLIN VEIJER||95||AGR TEAM||KTM||93|
|9||TATCHAKORN BUASRI||33||Honda Racing Thailand||Honda||85|
|12||HARRISON VOIGHT||29||SIC 58.||Honda||58|
|13||Edward O'SHEA||31||BRITISH TALENT TEAM||Honda||36|
|16||FACUNDO LLAMBIAS||94||TEAM ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0||Honda||31|
|17||DANIAL SHAHRIL||32||ASIA TALENT TEAM||Honda||30|
|22||FADILLAH ARBI ADITAMA||34||Astra Honda Racing Team||Honda||18|