Victory for the Spanish rider, making him the outstanding leader of the Moto3 World Championship
It had been three years since the Motegi circuit had hosted a World Cup race due to the pandemic. Many of the young riders in the Moto3 category had never even set foot in Japan, including Izan Guevara, who arrived blind on a difficult weekend to make his debut at this track due to the weather conditions. On Friday, there was only a 45-minute dry practice. On Saturday the rain got harder and it wasn’t the best day to learn. And before the race, there was the last 10-minute practice session, the warm-up on Sunday, which the Balearic rider was unable to take advantage of due to a crash at the start of the session. In other words, Guevara was on the grid with a handful of dry laps on a track he had just seen.
It made little difference to the young Balearic talent, who used the same strategy that worked for him in Aragon a week ago. From ninth on the grid it took him less than a lap to take the lead and impose a devastating pace that reduced the leading group to four units, with Sasaski, Foggia and Jaume Masià. It is the Guevara style, a revolution for the Moto3 category that is usually solved in large groups. Once the break was over, Guevara gave the lead of the race to the local driver, Sasaki, much more experienced on this track and who carried him on wings until the final laps. Then, five minutes before the end, the final attack came from the Balearic rider, who opened a small half-second gap with his pursuers and managed to hold onto it until the checkered flag.
Guevara’s fifth win of the season leaves him the outstanding leader of a championship with four races to go (100 points). His only rival for the title, Sergio García, eventually saved the furniture with a hard-fought fourth position, but he is already 45 points behind his team-mate. Mathematically, he still won’t have the first title ball in Thailand next week, but the revolutionary Guevara has already laid the groundwork for being crowned champions before arriving in Valencia.
Source: La Verdad
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