Spanish rider Alonso Lopez made a frenetic comeback to place twelfth at Losail in the 2019 season-opener for the Moto3 World Championship.
Lopez set the ninth best time in the warmup -2:06.768-, although in the race he had to start from 21st place on the grid.
Off the start he gained several positions and was up as high as seventh, but an incident in the race meant he was forced to regain ground once more. He would take the chequered flag twelfth, behind the lead group.
His result from first round of the season places him twelfth in the World Championship standings with four points.
“I started from really far down the order, and I made progress little by little. I managed to stay in the big group and start overtaking other riders. I was about to overtake the man in fifth, but another rider collided with me and I lost ground until I was last in the group. In the end I was only able to move up one place, because when you are in that position it’s hard to overtake. This was the key to a race that I have to learn from. Even so, I’m happy, because starting from far back it is even more difficult to have a good race.”
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