Moto3: David Alonso Takes the First Victory of the 2024 Season in Qatar.

Published on March 10, 2024
By Dawn Hammersley

David Alonso snatches the Moto3 victory from Daniel Holgado on the final lap.

It’s the Grand Prix season opener under the sunset of Qatar. For the first Moto3 race of the 2024 season saw Red Bull GASGAS Tech3’s Daniel Holgado take pole position, lining-up in second place on the grid was MT Helmets’ Ivan Ortola with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jose Antonio Rueda rounding out the front row.

Lights out and it was Holgado who lead the Moto3 field into turn one. All riders were through the first corners safely. Riccardo Rossi had a sharp start getting into fifth place.

Seven riders broke away from the rest of the field from Holgado to Riccardo Rossi in seventh place. Rueda was challenging for the lead until the Spanish rider crashed out at turn one, Ortola was involved in the incident, he was taken out by Rueda.

David Alonso was now hunting down Holgado for the lead with 13 laps to go. Adrian Fernandez was in third place with Joel Kelso in fourth place. The leading group had bunched up running with nine riders.

Filippo Farioli crashed on at turn 13 with Matteo Bertelle. Holgado was still leading the way at the front, the group now consisted of 11 riders. Alonso was looking for space to pass the Spaniard in front of him but the KTM Ajo rider was just too comfortable leading the Moto3 race.

With nine laps to go Taiyo Furusato made his way into second place and was putting the pressure on Holgado. Rossi was in third place enjoying a battle with Adrian Fernandez. Tatsuki Suzuki joined the party and was in fifth place. Britain’s Scott Ogden was in the second group of riders in 13th place.

Aggressive moves were being made in the leading group but it was still KTM’s Holgado leading the race with just four laps to go. Kelso had dropped off the pace and lost touch with the leading pack. Ryusei Yamanaka crashed out with just two laps remaining to the race.

Fernanadez and Vicente Perez crashed out on the final lap at turn five. There was a seven way scrap for the win as the riders entered the final corner, Alonso made his move and snatched the victory from Holgado. Taiyo Furusato finished in third place, Rossi was fourth with Colin Veijer finishing in fifth place.

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