Season best result for Dan Jones at Barcelona
Dan Jones collected his season-best result in the second and final race of the third round weekend of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Having already scored an 18th place finish in the day’s opening race, Dan was targeting a finish closer to the top 10 in race two.
With ambient conditions later in the afternoon hotter than in the morning’s affair, track temperatures were also higher leading to slower lap times and riders struggling to maintain a constant level of grip to their rear tyre.
Many riders struggled to maintain that level of grip, with the race becoming more of a war of attrition. Skinner and Jones dealt with that perfectly.
Following a steady start, Dan – and RSF/KRP teammate Rory Skinner – gradually began to make their way up the field following the opening laps, aided by riders falling away in collisions or high side incidents.
With the final tours closing in, Rory had made his way up to eighth place, with Dan in 14th. Further drama occurred on the last lap, as second placed Mattia Casadei (SIC Squadra Corse/Honda) high sided out of the race from second place, promoting Dan to 13th.
Dan maintained his 13th spot to complete an excellent weekend of results for the rookie, who began both races from 27th position.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Junior Team/Honda racer Sergio Garcia grabbed race victory courtesy of a photo finish from the VR46 Junior Team/KTM of Dennis Foggia. Juame Masia (Cuna de Campeones/MIR) took the final podium position.