Moto3 2023
Round 4

Masia Fights For Jerez Victory To The Very End

es Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto

Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) fought like a lion in the first Grand Prix race at Jerez today, battling from the early stages of the 19-lap skirmish to the chequered flag.

Masia Fights For Jerez Victory To The Very End

The 22-year-old Spaniard was going for his seventh GP win and rode superbly. He came through from seventh at the end of the first lap, making some audacious overtake moves to grab the lead for the first time with a super-brave move through the fast lefts after the Turn-Six hairpin.

From there the lead see-sawed between Masia and at least half a dozen rivals, who were just millimetres apart as they sped around this epically flowing circuit, watched by a capacity crowd of more than 100,000 fans.

The sweet handling of Masia’s NSF250RW allowed him to keep regaining the lead whenever the lost it and he commenced the final lap in first place. However, such is a frantic nature of Moto3 racing that he soon found himself demoted to fourth place, regaining third place and a podium position with just a few corners remaining.

Masia finished a close second last time out at the Grand Prix of the Americas, so he now stands a close fourth overall, with 17 of 21 races remaining.

The next Honda rider past the chequered flag was his team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who finished less than two seconds behind the winner!

Romano Fenati (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) had been in the top five in the early laps, slipping to 11th at the finish, just ahead of fellow Honda riders Scott Ogden (Visiontrack Racing Team Honda NSF250RW) and Matteo Bertelle (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW)

Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had one of his better rides, taking a 16th-place finish, just one point outside the World Championship points. The 17-year-old from Kanoya had come through well from 23rd on the grid.

Team-mate Mario Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) also had reason the be happy, the 19-year-old Indonesian qualified 26th and finished 19th, inside the top 20.

Next stop for the Moto3 World Championship is Le Mans, France, on 14th May.

Jaume Masia 5
Leopard Racing
I’m quite happy – let’s say that I sensed that we would struggle here this weekend, so to finish third and on the podium is nice. I was struggling at the braking points because the others were so strong. The only was for me to win was to keep leading the race but on the last lap it is so difficult to manage everything and to have everything under control. Anyway, my thanks to every single person in my team – they did a great job. 

Taiyo Furusato
Taiyo Furusato 72
Honda Team Asia
This weekend I've gone a step ahead. I'm happy about my progression in general. Except for Q1, where I struggled, the rest of the practices have been positive, riding alone and learning. I know I need to learn how to manage the fight in the group. I tried to improve the first lap in the race to catch the group. I've been with them until the last two laps, when my tire dropped dramatically. My pace was much better than I expected. I'm happy about that, and about the fact I overtook on the brakes, I couldn't do it before. 

Mario Suryo Aji
Mario Suryo Aji 64
Honda Team Asia
The result is different from what I expected. I couldn't ride the bike as I had wanted since the beginning, but we will solve the problem. I apologize to the team; I couldn't make a good race like in the Americas. We will maintain the motivation to recover from this situation at Le Mans. 

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