Vicente Pérez was close to the points in eighteenth position and David Muñoz crashed out in sixth after a gearbox problem
The Thai Grand Prix is over and the Moto3 World Championship enters its final straight. After three consecutive weeks of racing, the championship will rest next week and will only have the last triple-header of the year ahead of it with races in Malaysia, Qatar and Valencia.
In Thailand, BOÉ Motorsports did not have its best weekend and, despite a positive qualifying session for the team, the bad luck came on Sunday in the race, especially for David Muñoz.
The Andalusian rider, as usual, started very strong and gained positions in the first laps. Just as he was looking like one of the podium contenders in sixth position, Muñoz had a gearbox problem, a situation that caused him to lose instantaneous speed in a corner. At that point, with everyone riding so close together, Ayumu Sasaki couldn’t avoid hitting David’s bike from behind and both were unlucky enough to hit the ground. Despite having returned to the track, Muñoz had to retire from the race.
For his part, Vicente Pérez, after starting from 23rd position, was able to gain several positions in the race and set a steady pace. The Valencian rider crossed the finish line very close to the points positions with an eighteenth place finish.
Vicente Pérez:“It was a difficult race, I started very far back. At the beginning I recovered a lot, I overtook more than ten riders in one lap, but at the end my tyre performance dropped and I couldn’t continue with the pace I had. Still, I’m happy with the first part of the race, it’s clear that the pace was good, so I’m happy with the potential we showed. Many thanks to the team for all their work, especially to José Ángel Gutiérrez Boé for giving me this opportunity. Of course, I also want to wish Ana a speedy recovery”.
David Muñoz:“It’s not the best way to say goodbye to the weekend, I think we could have done well today. I felt comfortable with the bike and I had the feeling that everything was going to go well. I’m a bit disappointed to finish like this after fighting and working so hard, but that’s racing. There seems to have been a problem with the gearbox, but we still have to check what happened. I can only thank the team for all their work this weekend, we will keep trying in Malaysia, we are in a good line of work, but we have to finish it off. Let’s go for it”.
The next Grand Prix will be held at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on the weekend of 11-12 November.