Daniel Holgado 4th and Filippo Farioli 20th in the #ArgentinaGP
Red Bull KTM Tech3 faced damp conditions again on Sunday for the Gran Premio Michelin® de la República Argentina, hosting the second round of the Moto3™ World Championship. Lining up on the grid in P10 as the championship leader following his win in Portimao last week, Daniel Holgado was looking to get out important points from the tricky conditions in Termas de Río Hondo. Italian Filippo Farioli was set to face his first wet race in the lightweight class, starting from the twenty-first position.
Starting from tenth, the Moto3™ championship leader had a little bit of work to do if he wanted to remain at the top at the end of this second round. When the lights went out at 11:00 (GMT-3) on a damp track, the young Holgado took a solid start and immediately grabbed a few positions to find himself within the leading group. Confident with his race pace all weekend, he focused on setting up into the race with a solid rhythm. His peak was on lap when he rode his fastest lap 8 in 1’56.635, until he settled down into the second group after Tatsuki Suzuki broke away on his own. Remaining calm at the back of this group and not taking too many risks, a few crashes within the final laps meant that he finished the Argentina Grand Prix in fourth. He scored another thirteen points in the riders championship, allowing him to maintain the top of the championship when he will head to Austin in two weeks.
His teammate Filippo Farioli faced his first wet race in Termas de Río Hondo, with the focus being on completing the race, to take the learnings and the experience. Starting from P21, he lost a few positions at the race start but regained them quickly. He fought with fellow rookies Veijer and Rueda to end up in front of them in P20, a very positive result for the young Italian. It is now time to head home and analyze deeply the information from the first two rounds of this 2023 campaign, before heading to Texas for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, on April 14-15-16, 2023.
“We faced difficult track conditions today with the rain, but I am very happy with today’s performance. I stayed with the front group all race-long and remained very calm when the other riders were doing crazy things. There have been a few crashes in the final laps, but I was there and finished fourth, with very important points for the championship. I am already looking forward to the next round in Austin.”
“I tried my best today but I am not very happy with the job we did today. The start was not so bad but I was lacking feelings and never really found the confidence during the race. We will work hard during this week off to analyze the first two races of the season, and we will head to Austin fully motivated.”