Lukas Tulovic scores in Jerez, Senna Agius fights for P21
Lukas Tulovic of the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team collected his first world championship point at the Jerez Grand Prix in sunny Andalusia, while Senna Agius, as Darryn Binder's replacement, rode a consistent race and finished in 21st place.
German Lukas Tulovic had to wait a long time to record his first World Championship point this season. Initial bad luck with injuries was followed by a crash during his comeback in Austin, Texas. The 22-year-old now tackled the fourth race weekend of 2023 with caution, and worked intensively on his performance improvement, narrowly missing the chance for a front grid position in qualifying. A mediocre start initially saw Tulovic lose positions, but as he found his rhythm towards the middle of the race and knew how to manage his tyres, he eventually managed to move up to the 15th position. Relieved to have finished the race and taken home a World Championship point, the determined 2022 European Champion is already looking forward to the next race in Le Mans, France, where he will try to get a better starting position to make it easier in the race.
At the start of the 21-lap race, Senna Agius, who normally rides for the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Junior Team, battled with team-mate Lukas Tulovic for 21st place and even managed to defend it to the end in a hard-fought race under the hot Andalusian sun. Next week, the Moto2 European Championship season opener awaits the young Australian in Estoril, Portugal.
On Tuesday, 2nd of May, Lukas Tulovic and his team will lay further foundations at the Jerez test in order to be successful in the upcoming races, starting with the Grand Prix de France in Le Mans from the 12th - 14th of May, where hopefully Darryn Binder will also be able to compete again.
1. Sam LOWES/ GBR/KALEX
2. Pedro ACOSTA/ SPA/ KALEX – (+2.841)
3. Alonso LOPEZ/SPA/ KALEX – (+9.618)
15. Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX – (+26.709)
21. Senna AGIUS/ AUS/ KALEX – (+36.812)
World Championship standings
1. ACOSTA Pedro/ SPA/ 74
2. ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 74
3. CANET Aron/ SPA/ 52
16. BINDER Darryn/ RSA/ 10
21. Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ 1