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David Alonso dominates 2024 Moto3 pre-season testing, Scott Ogden in leading contention

David Alonso underlined his status as the 2024 Moto3 World Championship title favourite as he dominated proceedings during a two-day pre-season test at Portimao.

The Colombian racer, who won four races in his rookie campaign last year, was in imperious form around the Portuguese venue as the only rider to break into the 1m 46secs bracket across eight short sessions.

Indeed, Alonso - debuting his Aspar Team's new CFMoto-branded colours at the test - achieved the feat twice by some margin, his eventual benchmark of 1m 46.690secs in the final timed session some 0.9s faster than his closest rival in second place.


That rival was fellow sophomore Moto3 racer Collin Veijer, who consolidated his own title contender credentials by slotting into second fastest on the Husqvarna Intact GP machine, while Daniel Holgado - who led the standings for large portions of the 2023 Moto3 season - was third quickest overall despite skipping the generally faster final session of the test.

In fourth, Scott Ogden made impressive late gains having run outside the top ten for much of the test.

Competing under the MLav Racing banner, the British rider was less than a tenth shy of Veijer second place time as he bids to mount a more consistent front-running challenge in what will be his third season of Moto3.

Ivan Ortola completed the top five on the MT Helmets-MSI KTM, ahead of top Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jose Antonio Rueda in sixth and new Husqvarna Intact GP signing Tatsuki Suzuki.

His fellow Japanese Ryusei Yamanaka - now with MT Helmets - MSI - followed in eighth, ahead of BOE's Joel Kelso and Filippo Farioli on the best of the SIC 58 Squadra Corse bikes.

Fastest for defending champions Leopard Racing was Angel Piqueras, the Spaniard also emerging as the fastest of the rookies on test.

Ogden's MLav Racing team-mate Joshua Whatley ended the test in 20th place.

🇵🇹 ⏱️ 2024 Moto3 World Championship, Portimao | Pre-Season Testing Results

🇵🇹 ⏱️ 2024 Moto3 Pre-Season Testing Results | Portimao, Portugal | FINAL [2 Days]
Pos.NameNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1David Alonso🇨🇴CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1m 46.690
2Collin Veijer🇳🇱Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna1m 47.557
3Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1m 47.606
4Scott Ogden🇬🇧MLav RacingHonda1m 47.645
5Ivan Ortola🇪🇦MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 47.690
6Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 47.692
7Tatsuki Suzuki🇯🇵Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna1m 47.728
8Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 47.733
9Joel Kelso🇦🇺BOE MotorsportKTM1m 47.764
10Filippo Farioli🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 47.979
11Angel Piqueras🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 48.032
12Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 48.077
13David Almansa🇪🇦Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 48.174
14Xabi Xurutuza🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 48.572
15Stefano Nepa🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM1m 48.578
16Adsrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 48.592
17Luca Lunetta🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 48.787
18Joel Esteban🇪🇦CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1m 48.788
19David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportKTM1m 48.821
20Joshua Whatley🇬🇧MLav RacingHonda1m 48.934
21Jacob Roulstone🇦🇺Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1m 48.939
22Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 48.969
23Nicola Carraro🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM1m 49.134
24Noah Dettweiler🇨🇭CIP Green PowerKTM1m 49.175
25Tatchakorn Busari🇹🇭Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 49.709
26Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹CIP Green PowerKTM1m 50.013

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