Second win in three races for David Alonso
Gaviota GASGAS Aspar rider David Alonso has returned to the top spot on the podium for the second time this season after a thrilling race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Colombian has started from twelfth on the grid, but has been quick to implement his plan. Alonso has climbed positions since the beginning of the race and in the fifth lap he was already leading the race. The 17-year-old has always been in the front positions, fighting with the strongest riders in the category. The last few laps have been exciting, with a continuous exchange of positions between the front riders.
Finally, in the last corner, David Alonso has made an impressive overtake and has crossed the finish line first, followed by Jaume Masià and Deniz Öncü, although the Turkish rider has been penalized. His place on the podium has been taken by José Antonio Rueda, who has finished in the top 3 for the first time in the category. In the fight for the championship, Dani Holgado has seen his lead at the top of the overall standings considerably reduced after finishing the Catalan Grand Prix in 22nd place. The Spanish rider now has an advantage of 13 points over Ayumu Sasaki and more than 30 points over Jaume Masià, Deniz Öncü and Iván Ortolá.
Gaviota GASGAS Aspar rider Ryusei Yamanaka has moved up thirteen positions to finish the Catalan Grand Prix in ninth place. The Japanese has felt more confident than in previous Grands Prix and keeps progressing in his performance. Yamanaka leaves Barcelona with seven more points and climbs up to twelfth in the overall standings.
Winner David Alonso:
“Incredible. This has been a hard track for me all weekend, so this victory feels amazing. The team has done a fantastic job and I feel like I have been clever today on the last lap to be in the right position at the right time. We have had to fight a lot. We did it! I’m so happy. Thanks to all my team, family who are here supporting me and all my friends at home.”
9th Ryusei Yamanaka (+1.060):
“Today I have felt very comfortable on the bike, I have had a lot of confidence in the braking. I have had some problems with the gearbox and that has penalised me a bit. Overall, the race has been positive and we will come back stronger in San Marino.”