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Japanese Moto3, Friday Practice | Masia picks up where left off, title rivals closely matched

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Jaume Masia hammered home his renewed vigour in the 2023 Moto3 World Championship title hunt by taking the fastest time in Friday Practice for the Japanese Moto3 at Motegi.

The Spaniard’s win last weekend in India has seen the Leopard Racing rider pull level with long-time championship leader Daniel Holgado in the overall standings.

With the threat of rain looming tomorrow to scupper any improvements in the Q2-determining P3 session, all title rivals were safely inside the top fourteen should the heavens open on Saturday.


Masia was followed up by Ivan Ortola - whose title aspirations were dealt a blow prior to action getting underway following the news he has been excluded from his Catalunya Moto3 tenth place finish due to fuel irregularities - while home hope Ayumu Sasaki completed the top three.

In fourth, the embattled Holgado - whose points’ advantage has been whittled dramatically by a run of indifferent form having held the advantage out front since Round 1 - was fourth quickest, ahead of Deniz Oncu in fifth.

With just one point separating the current top three of Holgado, Masia and Sasaki, of the remaining title contenders, David Alonso - who is 23 points behind - was 13th.

Of the riders expected towards the front but struggling on the Friday, Indian Moto3 standout Collin Veijer has work to do after only managing 18th on his first visit to the Motegi circuit.

2023 Japanese Moto3 | Motegi Twin RIng Circuit | Practice 2 Results | Round 14 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 57.068
2Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 57.176
3Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 57.191
4Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 57.226
5Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 57.277
6Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 57.311
7Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 57.384
8Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 57.473
9Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 57.524
10Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 57.591
11David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 57.672
12Tatsuki Suzuki🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 57.676
13Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 57.742
14Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 57.747
15David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 57.775
16David Almansa🇪🇦Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 57.812
17Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 58.065
18Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 58.094
19Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 58.169
20Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 58.470
21Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 58.499
22Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 58.503
23Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 58.722
24Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 59.131
25Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 59.171
26Ana Carrasco🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 59.267
27Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM1m 59.659

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