Moto3: David Alonso takes the Moto3 Victory at Le Mans

Published on May 12, 2024
By Dawn Hammersley

David Alonso held off Daniel Holgado and Colin Veijer after a last lap battle to take his third victory of the 2024 season

CFMOTO Aspar Team’s David Alonso was on pole position for the Moto3 French Grand Prix. Spanish rider Daniel Holgado qualified in second place with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jose Antonio Rueda qualifying in third place. The weather at the Le Mans circuit was slightly cooler and cloudy for the Moto3 race.

David Alonso got a sharp start as he lead the field of 26 Moto3 riders into turn one, David Munoz made up four places and was up to fourth place. Holgado took control of the race as he hit the front of the pack to lead the race.

Britain’s Scott Ogden lost a few places on the opening lap after qualifying in 12th place. Munoz was up to second place after such a dominate start to the race. Alonso was fourth place, the young Columbian was being beat up on the opening laps!

Previous round winner Colin Veijer was in third place, Moto3 rookie Angel Piqueras was the fastest man on track.

The front group consisted of 22 riders, quite unusual for the leading group to have that many riders in it, the pace was fairly steady at the Le Mans circuit.

Riccardo Rossi crashed out at turn 11, there was contact between Rossi and David Munoz, would a penalty be coming Munoz’s way?

Veijer hit the front on lap 10, a double long lap penalty was handed to David Munoz, the BOE Motorsport rider was now out of the running for the victory. Scott Ogden crashed out at turn seven, disappointing for the MLav rider.

With eight laps remaining to the race Holgado was back in the lead from Veijer until the GASGAS rider ran wide at turn six enabling Colin to lead the race again. A few laps later the pair collided, both managed to stay upright! Holgado was once again leading the French Grand Prix.

Alonso was in third place, just waiting to pounce in the latter stage of the race. With three laps to go, the front group consisted of ten riders, all in the hunt for the victory.

Two laps to go, it was getting feisty at the front between Holgado, Alonso and Veijer! Alonso crossed the line to take the victory, Holgado had to settle for second place, Veijer was third, Joel Esteban was fourth with Ivan Ortola crossing the line in fifth place.

Daniel Holgado leads the Moto3 championship standing by just one point from David Alonso.

Featured Image: Joel Cooper Photography.


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