Andalucia awaits, with the JTT riders looking for some better luck
After a run of bad luck for the Junior Talent Team, Takuma Matsuyama, Mario Aji, Tatchakorn Buasri and Eddie O’Shea are ready to get back on track and fight it out for some more top finishes in the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship. The venue is the classic Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto and there are another two races for the field, giving the team two more chances to hit their targets.
Takuma Matsuyama arrives as a podium finisher, and that will be his target once again – or that maiden win. With some Grand Prix experience under his belt already in 2021 and having taken his best grid position at the time in Jerez last year, the Japanese rider is in a good position to add another big haul of points to his tally. He’s ninth overall heading in… but only seven points down on the top five overall.
Mario Aji, meanwhile, is still hunting for that podium. After some real bad luck for the Indonesian so far in 2021, and after getting incredibly close to the rostrum, he’s raring to tick that box – although he did miss the races at Jerez last year due to injury. He’ll be pushing hard to reacquaint himself with the track and hit the ground running.
Tatchakorn Buasri did tick one box at Jerez last year: his first points. Despite riding through the pain barrier, the Thai rider impressed to bring it home for that milestone, but he’ll be wanting more in 2021. Buasri arrives from an incredible run of form in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, and his podium form there will be good motivation to make a step forward in the Moto3™ JWCh too.
Finally, Eddie O’Shea is ready for another learning curve. The Brit has been making some good progress so far this season, and the classic Jerez circuit will be another useful challenge as another Grand Prix venue on the calendar. Learning the track and making a step forward will be on his agenda in Andalucia.
Race 1 gets underway at 11:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday, before Race 2 at 14:00. Tune in for more close racing as the FIM CEV Repsol gets back on track!