Masià gets on the podium and is already third in the championship
Roberts reigns in Moto2 chaos, with Navarro third
MADRID, 24 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Spanish rider Sergio García Dols (GasGas) has achieved this Sunday a solid victory in the Moto3 race of the Portuguese Grand Prix, fifth round of the Motorcycle World Championship, crossing the finish line ahead of his compatriot Jaume Masià (KTM) , a result that allows him to recover the leadership of the small category.
The man from Burriana calmed his nerves to maintain his first position in an exciting last lap at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, where he resisted the threats of the other members of the quintet aspiring to the final victory.
With this, he achieves his second victory of the year -after that of Argentina- and the sixth in his history in the World Cup, which allows him to become the first rider to repeat victory this year and, above all, to become leader of the World Cup again. With 83 points, he displaces the Italian Dennis Foggia (Honda), now second by one point after finishing eighth.
Meanwhile, Jaume Masià (KTM) rises three places to third in the championship thanks to his second place this Sunday, in which he climbed onto a podium in which the Japanese Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) also appeared, third.
In a magnificent start, Sergio García Dols (GasGas), who came second overall in Portimao, 16 points behind Foggia, improved four positions and overtook poleman Deniz Öncü (KTM) before the second lap to go on to lead the appointment.
Behind, both Izan Guevara (GasGas) and Jaume Masià (KTM), who started ninth and fifteenth respectively, staged two superb comebacks that allowed them, near the equator, to displace the Castellón native from the privileged position.
First it was his teammate who disputed the lead, and soon the one from Algemesí joined a fight that also included Öncü and the Japanese Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna), completing the quintet that disputed the victory in the last laps. However, the man from Castellón resisted in a tight final lap to seal his second victory of the course.
In addition to the Masià podium, Guevara was finally fifth, ahead of Carlos Tatay (CFMoto). Xavi Artigas (CFMoto) finished 20th, David Salvador (Husqvarna) 22nd, Gerard Riu Male (KTM) 23rd, David Alonso (Kalex) 27th and Ana Carrasco (KTM) 28th. Neither Iván Ortolá (KTM) nor Dani Holgado (KTM) were able to complete the test.
ROBERTS RULES IN MOTO2 CHAOS
In Moto2, the water present on the track caused a massive crash on lap 8, including burning bikes, which forced the red flag to wave on the track. At the restart, with only 17 participants on the track and with seven laps to go, the American Joe Roberts (Kalex) was proclaimed the winner.
In the chaos, the Italian Celestino Vietti (Kalex) also emerged triumphant, who with his second position strengthened his leadership of the intermediate category, and the Spanish Jorge Navarro (Kalex), who climbed into the third drawer.
Started the last of the races in Portimao, it started to rain and the appointment was ruined for more than a dozen drivers. The Spaniard Arón Canet (Kalex), the American Cameron Beaubier (Kalex) and the Japanese Ai Ogura (Kalex), who were riding in the lead, fell to the ground after stepping on a puddle at turn 2, the same one that he saw fall seconds later to seven other runners.
Augusto Fernández (Kalex), Albert Arenas (Kalex), Pedro Acosta (Kalex), Arbolino, Corsi, Chantra, Lowes and Dixon were also seen in the gravel and were ruled out for the start of a second race that crowned Roberts.