Alonso Lopez finishes fourth at Catalan GP after fighting for victory, DNF for Sergio Garcia
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders took on the 21-lap Catalan GP race on Sunday morning in Barcelona, which was eventually won by Marcos Ramirez.
Alonso Lopez had his best race of the season so far, whilst teammate Sergio Garcia Dols was caught up in an incident with another rider when up in the top positions and crashes out. Wildcard Ryusei Yamanaka managed to score points at only his third race in the World Championship.
After achieving his best qualifying showing of 2019 with seventh place and a time of 1:49.072, Lopez set a 1:50.189 (21st) in the Sunday morning warmup
Off the start, he was part of the front group and led the race on Lap 6. He would keep amongst the pack challenging for victory throughout the contest.
On the last lap he was up into the podium spots, but was passed on the final corner. Lopez is 18th in the overall standings with 27 points.
“I’ve been working with my teammate, Sergio Garcia Dols, all weekend, and that has made us both stronger. In the race itself, he was riding very comfortably in the leading group. The pace had been fast on the first two laps, but then it slowed down. I was in third or second almost all the time, as well as leading the race. In the end, we missed out on the podium, but this happens and it makes us stronger ahead of the Dutch TT. I also want to thank my team because the bike was really flying. I’m feeling stronger all the time.”
Thirteenth in qualifying after entering directly into Q2, Sergio Garcia gained two positions on the grid overnight as a result of penalties for other riders. In the Sunday morning warmup, his best time was a 1:49.982 (18th).
He was among the Top 10 in the early going, riding alongside teammate Alonso Lopez at the head of the field.
On Lap 6 he was caught up in an incident initiated by Can Oncu at Turn 4, taking him out of the race and bringing a promising weekend to a premature end. Garcia Dols is 26th in the Moto3 World Championship standings with 3 points.
“It was a positive weekend because I rode fast with and without following anyone in every session, and found a good pace. I’m also very happy with how the team worked, and me being able to ride at the front was down to them. In the race I was struggling, although I held back in order to attack on the final laps. I didn’t even see who touched me. It’s the third time that this has happened to me, but it’s something that occurs in racing. It was a shame, because with the pace we had shown all weekend I think we had the chance to fight for the podium.”