O’Shea takes Junior Talent Team honours with Top 10

06 May 2023

The British rider was joined in Q2 by Buasri, Aditama and Ezawa as they seek strong points finishes on Sunday

The Junior Talent Team were given a new challenge as 2023 sees qualifying split into Q1 and Q2, with the fastest 14 from practice going directly into the final part of qualifying. The top 4 from Q1 join the fastest 14 in a pole position shootout with the JTT riders impressing and passing directly into Q2.

Eddie O’Shea brushed aside recent injury problems to put himself in prime position to fight for the top spots in tomorrow’s opening round of the Finetwork FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship with P10 on the grid. The #8 picked up his first points at Estoril in 2022 and he will take that confidence into tomorrow’s first race knowing he has the pace and potential to be right at the front.

Tatchakorn Buasri’s session didn’t go as smoothly as hoped. The Thai rider, victorious here in 2022, had a small issue during Q2 which put him on the back foot, and was unable to put himself in the pole hunt. He’ll start tomorrow’s race from P14. The #5 has had strong pace throughout the weekend, and he will be eager to back up his victory last year with another strong result.

Aditama begins his sophomore season from P16 on the grid but that doesn’t tell the entire story as the Indonesian has looked strong throughout the weekend. The number 93 rider will be aiming to get himself into the mix early in tomorrow’s race to show his real speed.

Shinya Ezawa has impressed during his rookie weekend for the team filling in for Danial Shahril as the Malaysian recovers from an ankle injury. The Japanese rider will go from P18 on the grid and will be in the mix to fight for points in his first JuniorGP™ race.

The opening JuniorGP™ race of 2023 gets underway at 13:00 (GMT +1) as the Junior Talent Team will be aiming to make a great start to the new season!

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