Round 4 of the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship sees the team take on the rollercoaster
After a weekend of impressive speed peppered with bad luck for the Junior Talent Team in Barcelona, it’s time to get suited, booted and back on track. The destination is the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve as Round 4 of the 2021 FIM CEV Repsol gets in gear, with one FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship race to look forward to round the rollercoaster.
Mario Aji arrives as the lead JTT rider in the standings in fifth, and the Indonesian fought for victory at Catalunya from his first pole position. He’s on a run of impressive consistency so far this season and will be looking for more in Portugal, focusing on taking that first podium. He’s been incredibly close, and showed once again in Barcelona his pace is here to stay. Can the rollercoaster deliver?
Takuma Matsuyama isn’t far behind either. The Japanese rider is only three points further back in seventh, and he does have that first rostrum finish, taken at Valencia. After Grand Prix experience of late, Matsuyama will be aiming for another podium and, like Aji, to continue his consistent speed so far this season as the numbers 32 and 16 make their presences felt at the front.
For Tatchakorn Buasri, the learning curve continues but the Thai rider took his best result of the season so far in Barcelona, which is also his second best result ever. Often fighting to score points, Buasri will also be focusing on a step forward in qualifying, giving him a little less work to do on race day. British rider Eddie O’Shea, meanwhile, will be riding at Portimão for the first time. He’ll be working to get to know the track and keep settling into life in the FIM Moto3™ JWCh, having more than halved his gap to the winner from the season opener at Estoril to the second race in Barcelona.
Moto3™ go racing at Portimão at 13:00 (GMT +1) for 16 laps of the rollercoaster, make sure to tune in!