Bad luck for Asia Talent Team riders in The Algarve
Mario Suryo Aji, Takuma Matsuyama and Tatchakorn Buasri are unable to complete the fourth round of the season due to crashes.
The Algarve International Circuit hosted the fourth round of the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship, in which the Asia Talent Team riders left empty-handed after being involved in respective incidents. At the halfway point of the season, Mario Suryo Aji is eighth in the general classification, with Takuma Matsuyama in tenth position and Tatachakorn Buasri 25th.
After a difficult time in practice, Buasri started 15th on the grid, with Aji 18th and Matsuyama in 21st. Off the startline, Buasri recovered two positions, but on the fourth lap he was hit by a rival and crashed. Just a few seconds later, Aji’s fightback was halted after hitting a medical protection barrier in the middle of the track, brought out after a crash for another rider. At that point, with Matsuyama in 20th place, the red flag was brought out and the race restarted.
Aji, with a badly damaged bike, was unable to take the second start. Buasri, still hurting from his crash, made a mistake on the second lap and fell once again, remounting but eventually retiring from the race. Matsuyama's push for points came to an end when he was taken out by a fellow rider on the brakes.
The next action for the Asia Talent Team riders will be on July 25th at the MotorLand Aragón circuit in Spain.