Mario Suryo Aji places fourth at first round of FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship
The Asia Talent Team riders have a strong showing at Estoril, Portugal, with Aji crossing the line just 60 thousandths of a second off the podium, Matsuyama in sixth and Buasri in fifteenth.
The Asia Talent Team made a great start to the 2021 FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship in the first race of the season, which took place at Estoril in Portugal. Mario Suryo Aji fought back to finally bring his Honda home in fourth place, just 60 thousandths of a second off the podium, whilst Takuma Matsuyama, also in the front group, took the chequered flag in sixth. Tatchakorn Buasri made progress on raceday to break into the points, finishing fifteenth.
Eighth on the grid, when the lights went out Aji remained in the Top 10, but lost contact with the front group on the opening laps. He kept a good pace going throughout the contest and finally caught up with the leaders three laps from the end. The Indonesian used his momentum to pass several rivals, even moving into third place, although just before the line he was overtaken.
Matsuyama started the race from third and was among the fastest in the class. He would lose touch with the front two due to other riders’ mistakes, but battled back by the midway point and was in the tussle for the podium. However, the overtaking amongst them on the last laps of the race slowed him down and he crossed the finish line sixth.
Buasri earned a point after climbing up through the field on raceday, moving from nineteenth on the grid to fifteenth when the chequered flag fell. He was held up on the opening corners and needed to claw his way back into contention, but was rewarded for his efforts.
The next FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship round will take place in 2 weeks' time at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, where two races for the class will be held.