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Indian Moto3, Friday Practice | Collin Veijer sets rapid pace after inaugural Buddh sessions

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Collin Veijer, Husqvarna IntactGP, 2023 Moto3, Indian Moto3, Buddh, action [Gold & Goose]

Collin Veijer once again demonstrated his burgeoning credentials in grand prix racing by setting a fierce pace on the first day of Practice for the inaugural Indian Moto3.

The GP rookie has been one of the standout performers in recent rounds after claiming a maiden pole position in Austria and scoring top five results in the recent Spielberg and Misano races.

Now he has earmarked himself as the early favourite for success around the Buddh International Circuit as he reeled off a series of superb laps that put him top of the timesheets in the second Practice session of the day.


With lap times coming down across the board as riders approached the new-for-2023 venue with more confidence in the afternoon, Veijer was the first rider to break the 2mins barrier, a benchmark he broke on four occasions en route to a personal best of 1m 59.566secs.

He was chased closest by P1 pace setter Jaume Masia, the Leopard Racing rider the only other rider to get within striking distance of the Dutchman ahead with a 1m 59.752s.

Some six tenths back but still up in third place was Stefano Nepa, the Italian leading David Alonso - winner in three of the last four Moto3 races - who made big gains in P2 despite offs in both of the day’s sessions.

Riccardo Rossi completed the top five despite hitting the deck at Turn 1 moments after setting his best time, with Diogo Moreira, Veijer’s Husqvarna IntactGP team-mate Ayumu Sasaki, Jose Antonio Rueda, Matteo Bertelle and Deniz Oncu completing the top ten.

With this weekend’s Indian Moto3 proving pivotal in this year’s title battle after Daniel Holgado failed to score last time out at Misano, the Spaniard again endured a troubled start to a weekend down in 14th. He wasn’t the only rider struggling in P2, with Ivan Ortola crashing to leave him 22nd.

Elsewhere, Josh Whatley enjoyed his strongest Friday of the season and briefly sat on the cusp of the automatic Q2 qualifiers before being shuffled down to 18th. He was ahead of VisionTrack Honda team-mate Scott Ogden though, his fellow Brit struggling in 26th.

2023 Indian Moto3 | Buddh International Circuit | Friday Practice Results [P1+P2] | Round 13 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 59.566
2Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 59.752
3Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM2m 00.122
4David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas2m 00.195
5Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 00.328
6Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 00.363
7Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna2m 00.412
8Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 00.530
9Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 00.538
10Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 00.607
11Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto2m 00.669
12Romano Fenati🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 00.687
13Tatsuki Suzuki🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda2m 00.804
14Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM2m 00.917
15Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 00.934
16Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM2m 01.025
17David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM2m 01.061
18Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda2m 01.068
19Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 01.386
20Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto2m 01.450
21Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 01.451
22Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM2m 01.482
23David Salvador🇪🇦CIP Green PowerKTM2m 01.532
24Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 01.571
25Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas2m 01.688
26Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda2m 01.758
27Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM2m 02.754
28Ana Carrasco🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM2m 02.818
29Danial Shahril🇲🇾Petronas MIE M Lav RacingHonda2m 03.875
30Kadai Yassen Ahamed🇮🇳Petronas MIE M Lav RacingHonda2m 06.082

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