The Indonesian battles it out just behind the podium fight amid some bad luck for his teammates
Race day at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was a mixed bag for the Junior Talent Team after a stronger Saturday. Mario Aji came home as the top JTT rider in eighth in the end, the Indonesian getting his elbows out in a tight group battle for fourth.
After leading the charge for that second group and moving up from just outside the top ten on the grid, Aji was just shuffled down in the latter laps to cross the line in P8 in what was nevertheless another strong showing.
Takuma Matsuyama, meanwhile, had an equally strong start as he fought with Aji and the rest of the second group in a freight train fight. But the Japanese rider then lost some momentum in the latter stages and was classified P20.
Tatchakorn Buasri had a tougher race, although he did get a near replay of some of his recent Red Bull MotoGP Rookies podium duels against David Alonso. Ultimately the Thai rider came home in P17 behind the newly-crowned Rookies champ, sadly both just outside the points this time.
Eddie O’Shea’s Misano got off to a bumpy start as the Brit was involved in a Lap 1 crash, putting paid to too much progress. He’ll be back on track with the rest of the team at the season finale in Valencia, with everyone getting some downtime before the final two races of the year.