Taking a 19th-place finish in the qualifying for the Grand Prix Aragon in Alcañiz (Spain), the 13th race of the Moto3 World Championship, raised his hopes. But the race on Sunday then proved a disappointment for Germany’s Moto3 rider Toni Finsterbusch who put up a fight until the 12th lap. Then, similar to his Kiefer-Racing teammate Florian Alt, Finsterbusch took a crash and had to return to the pit box prematurely.
At the beginning of the race, Finsterbusch worked his way up the positions but had to leave the racetrack in lap one after an evasive maneuver. “Going into turn 12, I was braking too late. The rider behind me braked too hard and crashed into my front wheel – this is why I had to leave the track. Subsequently, I lost quite some positions,” explained an annoyed Finsterbusch. The final end then came right in the middle of the race: first he lost control of the gear shift, then lost traction of the front wheel. Eventually, a crash put an end to Finsterbusch’s hopes.
The 13th World Championship race on the 101.56 kilometers long track was once again dominated by the Spanish riders: Alex Rins took the podium’s top spot ahead of Maverick Viñales and Alex Márquez. With only four World Championship races left, Spaniard Luis Salom heads the overall rankings with 259 points to his credit, ahead of Rins (250) and Viñales (247).
With the season’s finish in mind, Toni Finsterbusch is now fully concentrating on the next World Championship race at the Grand Prix Malaysia in Sepang on October 13.