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Thailand Moto3, Practice | Masia takes charge on Friday as Sasaki, Holgado languish

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Jaume Masia, Leopard Racing, 2023 Moto3, Australian Moto3, Phillip Island, action [Gold & Goose]

Jaume Masia emphasised his status as favourite for the 2023 Moto3 World Championship title by setting the Friday pace in Practice for the Thailand Moto3.

The current Moto3 points’ leader was quickest of all in each of Friday’s practice sessions to assume the advantage overnight on the Leopard Racing Honda.

With four races remaining, Masia comes to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram with a slender four point lead over closest rival Ayumu Sasaki, the Japanese having taken advantage of the inclement weather in Melbourne a weekend earlier to score a crucial second place finish.


It was a modest start to the weekend for the Husqvarna IntactGP rider though in tenth place, just behind Daniel Holgado in eighth, the Spaniard himself now 22 points off the top spot.

David Alonso, who retains a slim chance of winning the title, was second quickest from Diogo Moreira, the Indonesian Moto3 winner arriving in Thailand under some controversy after it transpired he was able to start last weekend’s Phillip Island race despite briefly being knocked unconscious in an accident on the sighting lap.

Collin Veijer made big gains between sessions to turn in the fourth fastest lap, ahead of Ryusei Yamanaka, the Japanese rider having one of his better starts to an event in fifth.

Australian Moto3 winner Deniz Oncu was sixth, ahead of first-time podium winner Joel Kelso in seventh, with Holgado eighth, Riccardo Rossi ninth and Sasaki in tenth.

Of the Brits, Scott Ogden turned in the 17th fastest time on the best of the VisionTrack Hondas, with Josh Whatley in 25th.

2023 Thailand Moto3 | Chang International Circuit, Buriram | Practice Results [After P2] | Round 17 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 42.318
2David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 42.430
3Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 42.555
4Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 42.628
5Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 42.745
6Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 42.873
7Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 42.891
8Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 42.920
9Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 43.029
10Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 43.060
11Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 43.106
12Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 43.113
13Adrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 43.146
14David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 43.167
15Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 43.270
16Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 43.288
17Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 43.540
18Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 43.555
19Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 43.571
20Nicola Fabio Carraro🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 43.619
21Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 43.662
22Tatchakorn Buasri🇹🇭Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 43.716
23Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 43.835
24Vicente Perez🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 43.907
25Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 44.066
26Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 44.145
27Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 44.273
28David Salvador🇪🇦CIP Green PowerCFMoto1m 44.295
29Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM1m 44.717
30Krittpat Keankum🇹🇭BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 45.723

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