Dani Holgado achieves victory and leadership in Moto3


The Spanish rider Dani Holgado (GasGas) has won this Sunday the victory in the Moto3 race of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the second round of the motorcycle World Championship, and takes the lead in the small displacement, while José Antonio Rueda (KTM) and Iván Ortolá (KTM), second and third respectively, have completed the all-Spanish podium.

With his second success in a row in Portimao and the first since Italia 2023, the man from Alicante was able to make up for what happened two weeks ago in Qatar, when, after leading a large part of the race, he was overtaken in the last corner by the Colombian David Alonso (CFMoto ), until now leader of the championship and this Sunday fourth.

In this way, the one from Sant Vicent del Raspeig rises to the overall lead with 45 points, seven more than Alonso and 22 more than Ortolá. The one from Calicanto, who started the event seventh, closed the podium this Sunday at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, which also included a Rueda that was 44 thousandths behind the winner; Both confirmed the first Spanish Moto3 triplet since Austin 2023.

As soon as the traffic lights went out, José Antonio Rueda retained the privileged position achieved in the fight for pole on Saturday, although Alonso made sure that he did not escape by pulling the group. From behind, Holgado presented his candidacy, overtaking Alonso on lap 8, but two laps later the South American returned it and, after also overtaking the Sevillian, became the new race leader.

The options were now reduced to six drivers, and Holgado took over in the lead on lap 15, and no one could dispute his victory. He from Los Palacios tried in the last lap, but he defended himself perfectly to take the victory and the lead.

Furthermore, Joel Esteban (CFMoto) finished eighth, just ahead of David Muñoz (KTM) and Adrián Fernández (Honda), ninth and tenth respectively. Vicente Pérez (KTM) was fourteenth, while Ángel Piqueras (Honda) could not finish after crashing with 18 laps remaining.