Veijer & Sasaki on pole and P2 at the season finale in Valencia

At the season finale in Valencia, Spain, the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP riders Collin Veijer and Ayumu Sasaki set new bars with first and second place on the grid, raising hopes of a promising end to the season.

Rookie Collin Veijer never misses an opportunity to cause a stir. The just 18-year-old Dutchman improved from 21st place in the first practice session to 10th place in the third session on the 4.01 km Valencian racetrack, which secured him a direct entry into the highly contested Qualifying 2. The youngster only had 15 minutes to burn the fastest time on the tarmac. His pole lap of 1'38.311 from Q2 was ultimately 0.624s faster than his time in P3 in the morning, once again underlining his strong development this weekend. 

Just 0.048s behind him, Ayumu Sasaki set the second fastest time of the qualifying session with a 1'38.359, which meant the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP duo took the double lead on the grid for the final showdown of the season on Sunday at 12:00 a.m. (CET). For the Japanese rider, nothing less than the runner-up title is at stake in his final 20-lap Moto3 race, while both riders from the German team will be aiming to crown themselves and their crews as the world's best Moto3 team in 2023.


1. Daniel HOLGADO/ SPA/ KTM – 1'38.919
2. David ALONSO/ SPA/ GASGAS – 1'39.320 (+0.401)
3. Jaume MASIA/ SPA/ HONDA – 1'39.807 (+0.888)
8. Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP/ HUSQVARNA – 1'39.956 (+1.037)
21. Collin VEIJER/ NED/ HUSQVARNA – 1'40.821 (+1.902)

1. Daniel HOLGADO/ SPA/ KTM – 1'38.706
2. Deniz ÖNCÜ/ TUR/ KTM – 1'38.706 (+0.266)
3. Joel KELSO/ AUS/ CFMOTO – 1'39.080 (+0.374)
8. Collin VEIJER/ NED/ HUSQVARNA – 1'39.203 (+0.497)
13. Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP/ HUSQVARNA – 1'39.434 (+0.728)

1. Joel KELSO/ AUS/ CFMOTO – 1'38.569
2. Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP/ HUSQVARNA – 1'38.623 (+0.054)
3. Daniel HOLGADO/ SPA/ KTM – 1'38.669 (+0.100)
10. Collin VEIJER/ NED/ HUSQVARNA – 1'38.987 (+0.418)

1. Collin VEIJER/ NED/ HUSQVARNA – 1'38.311
2. Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP/ HUSQVARNA – 1'38.359 (+0.048)
3. Deniz ÖNCÜ/ TUR/ KTM – 1'38.363 (+0.052)