Moto3: David Alonso Wins the Thailand Grand Prix.

Published on October 29, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

David Alonso takes his fourth victory of the season after a heated last lap battle.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Deniz Öncü was on pole position for the Thailand Grand Prix, MT Helmet’s Diogo Moreira qualified in second place with Ayumu Sasaki qualifying in third place on the grid.

Deniz Öncü lead the field of Moto3 riders into turn one, Sasaki took control of the race a few corners later. Diogo Moreira made his way to the front with Jaume Masia for company.

The first few laps were very busy, the field were still close. Sasaki and David Munoz both crashed out at turn 10, Sasaki ran into the back of Munoz as the Spaniard looked to have slowed down with some kind of issue.

Colin Veijer was putting Masia under pressure at the front, Öncü was in sixth place. Daniel Holgado was down in 20th place as the Spaniard got caught up in Sasaki and Munoz’s crash.

On lap five David Alonso was in second place ready to make a move for the lead. There was now a leading group of nine riders; from Masia to Ryuisei Yamanaka. Öncü was still in sixth place and not making any progress through the group.

At the half-way stage of the race Veijer was leading from Alonso, Öncü was moving up the order in fourth place. Holgado made some good progress and was in 11th place. Britain’s Scott Ogden was in the second group in 20th place.

Nine laps to go and Öncü hit the front and was the fastest rider on track. With seven laps remaining to the race it was a even-way battle for the lead from Veijer to Ivan Ortola.

Things were heating up in the leading group! Öncü and Furusato touched, both riders escaped being nudged off track. Veijer was leading from Alonso with just tree laps to go, the leading group now consisted of 13 riders.

On the final lap it was down to four riders for the victory, Alonso hit the front with just a few corners to go, Alonso crossed the line to take his fourth victory of the season, Furusato crossed the line in second place with Veijer finishing in third place, Masia was fourth, Deniz Öncü finished in fifth place. As we go into the next round Masia leads the championship by 17 points from Sasaki.

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