Moto3: Daniel Holgado Wins at Le Mans

Published on May 14, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Daniel Holgado Wins an Inch Perfect Race from Start to Finish.

It was dry conditions at the French Grand Prix for the Moto3 race, Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP’s Ayumu Sasaki was on pole position, MT Helmet’s Diogo Moreira was in second place on the grid with Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Daniel Holgado rounding out the front row in third place.

Ayumu Sasaki got the holeshot into turn one, Deniz Oncu had a good start as Daniel Holgado took the lead after two corners. Sasaki was putting the Spaniard under pressure, Andrea Migno was in fifth place; great start from the Italian rider.

Eighteen riders were in the leading group after three laps, Holgado and Sasaki just looked to have the edge over the rest of the field. Azman crashed out at turn 12 whilst in 11th place in the race.

Xavier Artigas put the fastest lap time in with 17 laps remaining to the race, the CF Moto rider was in seventh place. The leading group now consisted of ten riders from Holgado to Yamanaka. In the leading group of ten riders there was only one Honda rider in the mix.

VisionTrack rider Scott Ogden was in 20th place with 14 laps to go, the young Brit had work to do! Migno crashed out at turn 12; the Italian rider lost the rear as he entered the corner.

Holgado was picking up the pace at the front, Sasaki was going with him as was on Oncu and Ivan Ortola. Ogden crashed out at turn seven; it was a highside for the British rider, fortunately he was up and ok. Moreira crashed at turn 12 whilst running in seventh place.

Seven riders now had a shot at victory, the leading pack were just sitting in their positions calculating when to makes their moves in the fight for the victory. With just six laps to go Jaume Masia and Oncu were battling for third place, Masia then went on to take second place from Sasaki; Masia looked very comfortable on his Honda machinery in second place.

The pace at the front was hotting up, Holgado was still controlling the pace at the front as Sasaki retook the second place position from Masia. Oncu looked to be losing pace, the Turkish rider was in fourth place.

Holgado just held on to cross the finish line in first place, Sasaki put the pressure on Holgado on the final lap but had to settle for second place, Masia finished in third place, Ortola was fourth with Oncu finishing in fifth place.

Featured Image: Tech3 Racing,


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