Moto3: Diogo Moreira Wins the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia.

Published on October 15, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Diogo Moreira takes his first Moto3 victory after a hectic last lap battle.

For the Moto3 Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia, Diogo Moreira was on pole position, Jaume Masia qualified in second place with David Alonso lining up in third place.

Moreira lead the field into turn one, Masia had a shocking start and was in seventh place. Colin Veijer was in second place with Holgado moving up to third.

On the second lap Holgado took control of the race, Ayumu Sasaki had work to do, the Intact rider was down in 20th place. The leading group were just starting to make a break from the rest of the field.

Britain’s Scott Ogden was down in 21st place, his team-mate Josh Whatley was in 23rd. Five laps in and Holgado was still controlling proceedings, Masia was now in second place, with David Alonso in third place.

Deniz Oncu was in seventh place; just on the back of the leading group. On lap seven Masia took the lead, it was short lived as Holgado retook the first position, the Spaniard tapped the back of his seat as he did the move, would Masia be happy to just sit behind the KTM rider?

At the half-way point of the race the front group consisted of 11 riders, Sasaki was still down the order in 20th, Ayumu had a little tip off during the sighting lap.

Scott Ogden crashed out at turn 16 on lap 13. At the sharp end Moreira hit the front of the pack, Holgado made a lunge to take the top spot but Moreira hung on to first place. Things were getting heated between Munoz and Alonso for fifth place. Holgado was handed a Long Lap Penalty for corner cutting, not what the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider needed with just four laps remaining to the race!

Holgado was now in tenth place after his penalty, Masia was leading the pack of eight riders. Oncu was in seventh place, the Turkish rider just didn’t seem to have the pace to get with the front runners.

On the final lap it was a ten way scrap for the victory, Moreira was leading from Munoz. Moreira crossed the line to take his first Moto3 victory, Alonso finished in second place, Munoz was third, Veijer was fourth with Rueda crossed the line in fifth place.

Masia leads the championship standings on 209 points from Sasaki who is on 193 points, Holgado is in third place on 192 points.

Featured Image: MTHelmets-Msi


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