Destination Misano for the Junior Talent Team

16 Sep 2021

The legendary venue welcomes the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship for the first time

After a double header at Jerez, it’s time for the Junior Talent Team to saddle up for Italy as the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship takes on Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the first time. One race on Saturday pits the team against an emblematic Grand Prix venue, heading into the unknown at a new track for the Championship.

Race 2 at Jerez saw both Takuma Matsuyama and Mario Aji taking some solid points hauls, leaving Andalucia with a tenth and an eight place, respectively. At Misano they’ll want more, with Matsuyama already having taken a best of second and Aji a best of fourth. Beating back some bad luck is high on the agenda, with both ready to get back into the fight for the podium at the front. On fresh turf for most, it bodes well.

Matsuyama is now tenth overall and Aji just behind him in 11th too, split by a single point, and both share the mission of homing back in on the top five. Matsuyama is only 17 points off fifth, and there are still 75 points to play for in 2021. Aji may also have an ace up his sleeve with previous experience of the track from the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup…

Tatchakorn Buasri, meanwhile, took a good 12th place at Jerez, the Thai rider equalling his previous best of the year. At Misano he’ll be looking for more points as a minimum, seeking to add to his total as he remains locked in an incredibly close fight in the standings.

For Eddie O’Shea, it’s another learning experience and the new venue could work to the Brit’s advantage. With fewer riders in the field already counting on previous experience, O’Shea will be looking to capitalise and keep moving forward.

One race, 17 laps and a whole new challenge for most… Can Matsuyama impress at Misano? Will Aji have an ace up his sleeve? And how will Buasri and O’Shea fare on fresh turf? Find out on Saturday the 18th of September at 17:15 (GMT +2).