Matsuyama places tenth in Aragon
The Asia Talent Team rider finishes in the front group, from which Mario Suryo Aji crashed out on the final lap. Tatchakorn Buasri crashes on the opening lap.
The fifth round of the Asia Talent Team season took place this weekend in MotorLand Aragón, with Takuma Matsuyama placing inside the Top 10. Mario Suryo Aji had also been riding in those spots, but would crash on the final lap. Tatchakorn Buasri crashed out on the first lap.
The Asia Talent Team started from fifth (Matsuyama), eleventh (Aji) and twelfth (Buasri), respectively. Off the line, Matsuyama held his spot, whilst Aji overtook four other riders. Buasri would fall when accelerating too early exiting a corner, losing the rear of his bike.
On the third lap, Aji ran a long lap penalty that he had been sanctioned with during practice, dropping him down to eleventh. He made his way back to seventh place and led the second group, gradually gaining ground on the leaders. A 12-rider group was formed, including Matsuyama and Aji, until the latter lost front grip when entering Turn 1 of the last lap and crashed out. Matsuyama came in tenth.
Matsuyama is ninth in the overall standings, Aji eleventh, and Buasri twenty-fifth. The next round of the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship takes place on August 22nd at the Circuit of Jerez - Ángel Nieto.
Sadly, the race weekend was marred by a tragic accident involving Hugo Millán in the European Talent Cup race. The Asia Talent Team wish to convey our sincerest condolences to the rider's family, friends and team.