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Moto3 Catalunya, Race: Alonso Turns Up the Pace for Catalan Success

Gold and Goose

The first 11 laps of the 18-lap Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix were extremely Moto3. 15 riders were in the lead group, and multiple riders spent time at the front, including Collin Veijer, pole sitter Ivan Ortola, and championship leader Dani Holgado.

Pre-race favourite David Alonso slipped as far back as eighth in the early melee, but eventually worked his way back forwards.

By lap 12, Alonso was in the lead, and this marked a pivot in the race. The Colombian pushed the pace, and reduced the front group from 13 to five on lap 13, before setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 14. Successive 1:47s had reduced the front group to three by lap 16, with only Veijer and Ortola sticking on Alonso’s rear wheel.

Collin Veijer, 2024 Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

A late charge by Jose Antonio Rueda brought him back into the front group on the final lap, and he was able to pass Veijer for third place at turn four, but he could do nothing about Ortola in second, just as Ortola had nothing for Alonso, whose pace was simply too strong for anyone to show him a wheel.

It was the #80’s fourth win from the six races so far in 2024, and he took the championship lead with it.

Ortola hung onto second place ahead of Rueda, who could not get close enough to his compatriot on the final lap after passing Veijer, who took fourth place, missing the podium for the first time since he crashed out in Texas.

David Munoz charged forwards at the same time as Rueda, but had a harder time getting past Dani Holgado than the #99. Munoz was able to dip into the 1:46s on lap 16, but his charge only got him to fifth, which is nonetheless a respectable result after having to serve a long lap penalty. Holgado, meanwhile was initially able to go with Alonso’s late break, but started falling backwards with three laps to go and finished sixth.

Luca Lunetta was the only Honda representation in the front group after Taiyo Furusato served two long lap penalties for cruising in practice and then crashed out. The Italian turns 18 on Monday, and this was by far his best ride in the World Championship to finish seventh.

Jacob Roulstone was eighth, ahead of the second SIC58 Honda of Filippo Farioli in ninth, and Adrian Fernandez who rounded out the top 10.

2024 Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | Grand Prix Results | Rd 6/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMotoWIN
2Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM0.242
3Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM0.513
4Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna0.560
5David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1.648
6Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas3.390
7Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda4.791
8Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas7.248
9Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda7.449
10Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda7.485
11Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM8.058
12Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda8.104
13Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM8.147
14Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto8.160
15Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna20.335
16Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda21.297
17Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda21.359
18Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM21.418
19Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM22.327
20Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda40.533
21Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM40.552
22Tatchakorn BuasriTHAHonda Team AsiaHonda40.600
23Arbi AditamaINAHonda Team AsiaHonda46.685
DNFTaiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHondaDNF
DNFJoel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTMDNF
DNFDavid AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHondaDNF
DNFRiccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTMDNF

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