Asia Talent Team riders score points at last round in Valencia
Tatchakorn Buasri climbs from 21st to 13th, while Takuma Matsuyama fails to finish the first race after a crash. In the second race, Matsuyama finishes 14th and Buasri crashes.
The Asia Talent Team riders competed in the last two races of the 2021 season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia this weekend. Tatchakorn Buasri moved up eight places to finish the first race 13th, whilst Takuma Matsuyama, who injured his foot in practice on Friday, was unable to finish due to a crash. However, in the second contest, the Japanese rider finished 14th, while it was his teammate who DNFed.
The first race, which took place with the track somewhat wet from the early morning rain, was slower than the first. This proved useful for Buasri to show his speed in the conditions. The Thai rider, who started 21st, climbed eight positions to take 13th at the checkered flag. Matsuyama, who started 17th, crashed with 12 laps remaining.
In the second race of the day, the Japanese Asia Talent Team rider was able to finish in the points, placing 14th despite hurting from a crash last Friday. Buasri suffered a crash on Lap 2.
Matsuyama finishes 14th in the overall standings with 53 points, and Buasri 24th, with 13. Mario Suryo Aji, who was unable to compete in the races due to a leg injury, closes the year in 12th place, with 58 points.