Good start of the season for Jason Dupasquier and Dirk Geiger on the circuit of Losail
The 2020 Moto3 World Championship officially started today Sunday 8th March in Qatar. As the red light went out at 14:20 (German time), our rookie duo finally began their first seasonal race. For the Swiss Jason Dupasquier it was his very first debut in World Championship, while the German Dirk Geiger had already taken part in the 2019 Sachsenring round as a wild card.
In a day way much hotter than the previous ones, Jason and Dirk finished the warm up respectively in 29th and 31st position.
At 16.20 local time, the riders lined up on the first grid of this season, ready to start the race. Jason had a good start of the race but due to a lack of grip, he loses some ground after six laps. Anyway he kept a positive attitude and was able to battle with the a group of rider, learning a lot and gaining much experience, ending his race in 25th position.
After a good start, Dirk went wide on the first corner and he was no more able to reach the group in front of him. He was still determined to end the race well and he didn´t give up until the finish line, finishing in 29th place.
The next appointment for our Rookies is in three weeks at COTA in Texas, as the Thai Round, originally scheduled on 22nd March has been postponed in October.
1 Albert Arenas (Aspar Team Gaviota)
2 John Mcphee (Petronas Sprinta Racing)
3 Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia)
4 Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing)
5 Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse)
6 Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3)
6. Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) 2’05.086
7 Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3)
8 Filip Salac (Rivacold Snipers Team)
9 Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing)
10 Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
25 Jason Dupasquier (Carxpert PrüstelGP)
29 Dirk Geiger (Carxpert PrüstelGP)
#50 Jason Dupasquier P25
“My first five laps were really good, but then during the sixth or seventh lap the rear tyre started to lose some grip and I had to adapt to these conditions. It was the moment when the riders in my group started to overtake me, but I didn´t give up and I said to myself: ok, now let´s try to battle.. let´s see what happens! I trained a lot, as I know this class is mainly based on contact and fight with other riders. I am not afraid of it, I like being in the group and battling. I tried to overtake as much as I could, going on the inside and trying to learn as much as I could. There were some contact but nothing extreme.. always with respect. Also physically I felt really good. I am definitely satisfied with my first race in world championship!”
#60 Dirk Geiger P29
“It was a beautiful moment. I want to thank the whole team who put a lot of effort to help me for the race.
The start was relatively good. I was able to make up a few places. However, I made a small mistake right in the first corner and went wide. I got on the green where there was almost no grip and almost crashed.
As a result, I became the last of the group and lost some ground. I still tried everything to stay close to the group in front of me in the first lap, but I missed the slipstream on the finish straight. I tried to just make the most of it and tried to push to the maximum and keep my lap times constant. That worked out well and in the middle of the race I was even able to set the same times as the group in front of me.”
Tim Jüstel (Team Coordinator)
“First thing first I want to thank once again all the team, that has worked hard in the preseason and in the last few days. And obviously all the sponsors and partners that made everything possible, as well as our fans that support us from home.
Jason did a great race. He was able to be in the second group of riders and even leading it. This made him learn a lot and made him improve more and more.
Dirk started well but he went wide in the first corner. This made him loosing the contact with the group in front of him and he did the whole race alone. He did good time laps, for sure next time it will go better.
The whole team is really proud of its riders!”
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