Veijer takes furious first podium, Sasaki with no-fault crash
In a spectacular Thailand Grand Prix, sensational rookie Collin Veijer claimed his long-awaited and hard-fought GP podium thanks to P3, while LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto3 team's world championship favorite Ayumu Sasaki was forced out of the race on the second lap through no fault of his own. Luckily the Japanese rider was unhurt.
It was a Moto3 thriller, which only reached its climax on the finish line after 19 laps. In the middle of the fight: Collin Veijer. The Dutchman rode a sensational race in which he made countless leading kilometers and put himself in the best possible attacking position for the final sprint. But then, on the last lap, the 18-year-old almost catapulted himself out of the race with a highsider, but the rookie thwarted the catastrophe, reacted quickly and eventually turned into the last corner on the 4.5 km Chang International Circuit in fourth place. The youngster did not want to finish fourth a fourth time in a row and so, with a lot of fighting spirit, he pushed past world championship leader Jaume Masia in the last meters to finally take third position. The first Grand Prix podium for Collin Veijer - a dream come true from which it will only go forward from now on.
However, unlucky Ayumu Sasaki was unable to intervene in this thrilling race. Still stunned, but fortunately uninjured, the Japanese rider sat in his pit and could do nothing more than hope that his closest World Championship rival Masia would not make up too many points. But what had happened? On lap two, a technical defect on David Muñoz's bike caused a rapid loss of speed, causing Sasaki to crash into the Spaniard without braking. Daniel Holgado was also involved but managed to stay seated. It is an extremely bitter pill to swallow for the 23-year-old, who has his sights so firmly set on the World Championship title. With three races remaining, Sasaki is now separated by 17 points from Jaume Masia. Now it's time to take a breath, shake off the devastating experience, and come back stronger for the Malaysia Grand Prix from 10th - 12th of November.
1. David ALONSO/ SPA/ GASGAS
2. Taiyo FURUSATO/ JAP/ HONDA – (+0.266)
3. Collin VEIJER/ NED/ HUSQVARNA – (+0.359)
DNF Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP/ HUSQVARNA
1. Jaume MASIA/ SPA/ – 230
2. Ayumu SASAKI/ JAP – 213 (-17)
3. David Alonso/ SPA - 205 (-25)
9. Collin VEIJER/ NED – 105 (-125)
1. LIQUI MOLY HUSQVARNA INTACT GP – 318
2. RED BULL KTM AJO – 302 (-16)
3. LEOPARD RACING – 292 (-26)