Aji bags 8th in Race 2 as mixed fortunes prevail in Jerez

22 Aug 2021

The Indonesian and Matsuyama claim a top 10 each in the Andalucia double-header

Two races were on the agenda for the Junior Talent Team at a baking hot Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto for Round 6 of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, with mixed fortunes prevailing for the JTT riders. In Race 2, Mario Aji claimed P8 with Takuma Matsuyama 10th – good results to round off the day in a positive way, as all four riders saw the chequered flag in Race 2.

In the slightly cooler Race 1 conditions, Matsuyama and Aji were able to be in the lead group throughout. Unfortunately, both riders crashed out on the last lap, with Matsuyama being involved in a last corner incident through no fault of his own. Meanwhile, Tatchakorn Buasri expertly picked his way through the pack from 31st on the grid to earn a P12 in the opening race, with Eddie O’Shea unfortunately crashing out at Turn 6 on the opening lap of Race 1.

In the blistering Race 2 conditions, both Matsuyama and Aji were able to string solid races together to claim a double top 10 for the JTT. Teammate Buasri was again able to carve his way through the pack but didn’t quite have enough for a second points-scoring ride of the day, the Thai rider crossed the line in 18th, with O’Shea taking 23rd in the second outing – a job well done from the British rider on his first visit to Jerez.

In terms of the Championship standings, Matsuyama remains 10th, one place ahead of 11th place Aji with the two JTT riders sitting on 51 and 50 points respectively. Buasri moves onto nine points in total thanks to a fantastic comeback ride in Race 1, as O’Shea continues to learn and improve in his rookie campaign.

The JTT will now have a few weeks to recuperate ahead of a trip to Misano on the September 18th and 19th weekend for the penultimate round of the season.