Sergio Garcia fifth in Japan, Alonso Lopez ninth
Alonso Lopez and Sergio Garcia Dols took part in the Japanese Grand Prix, competing in a 20-lap race at Twin Ring Motegi.
Garcia fought for the podium at the front of the race to finish in fifth place, whilst Lopez finished ninth. The race was won by Italian rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta.
After riding with wet tyres on Saturday, the riders experienced dry conditions on Sunday in the warmup and the race.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders will be back on track on October 25th at Phillip Island, for the first free practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix.
“I’m not too satisfied with the race, because I think I could have done better. I don’t think that I managed part of the race well, and that made me lose ground little by little. After that, I stuck with the second group and rode more comfortably. I held my place and we finished in the top ten. Although it is not the best possible result for us, it has given us some more points and allowed us to continue evolving with the help of my crew.”
“In Thailand, we worked intensively on our setup, and we continued that work here. In FP1 I did very well and in FP2 I worked on my pace. When we rode in the wet on Saturday I felt very comfortable. I got a fifth place on the grid and in the race, I went out there to see what I could do. I pushed hard and managed to escape with the first group. I was always among the top riders and it was very positive because I had not achieved that all season. I think we are improving and, little by little, we will be higher up the order.”