Tough race for Dan Jones at Le Mans
Dan Jones crashed out of the second round of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship at Le Mans, despite impressively scything through the field.
Having qualified in sometimes treacherous conditions the previous day, riders were treated to a far drier track in bright overhead conditions for race day with a warm ambient temperature.
Despite not having competed around the famous French circuit before, Dan was hoping to make progress during the race.
Jones, having started 18th suffered an tough opening couple of laps back in 21st place.
However, he was soon to make inroads into the field ahead as over the following laps, he managed to vault through the pack to catch up to team mate Skinner, cutting his team-mate’s own advantage from over one second, to 0.2 seconds over the course of a single lap.
Skinner managed to gain some respite having passed Filip Salac, but once Jones also passed the Czech rider, he was able to get ahead of Skinner and into 11th position on lap 11.
However, on the following lap, his fortunes took a turn for the worse, as having got enthusiastic, he high sided off into retirement.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Alonso Lopez scored his maiden Moto3 JWC race victory in a tight battle with the VR46 Academy machine of Dennis Foggia. Lopez’s team-mate Jeremy Alcoba took the final podium spot.