News 18 Jul 2023

JuniorGP podium for Roulstone at Catalunya round five

GasGas racer scores runner-up result in opening Barcelona bout.

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Aspar Junior Team’s Jacob Roulstone returned to the 2023 JuniorGP World Championship podium at Catalunya with a strong P2 result in the opening race.

Roulstone narrowly missed pole position at fifth round of the season, qualifying second and just 0.020s shy of pace-setter Angel Piqueras.

The number 12 was right in the victory fight during the first 15-lap encounter, crossing the line just 0.135s behind Xabi Zurutuza to secure his second rostrum result on the season.

Unfortunately, Roulstone was brought down in a multi-rider incident in race two, but remains upbeat about the promising weekend and is fourth in the JuniorGP World Championship standings.

“A second podium in JuniorGP today in race one finishing in P2 and so very happy to share this with everyone who works hard for me to be able to race,” Roulstone shared. “Race two DNF after being taken out along with three other riders. But we won’t let that take the shine off an awesome weekend.”

Of other Australians competing at Catalunya, European Moto2 leader Senna Agius was ruled out of the weekend prematurely after a highside on Friday. On a positive note, the Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Junior Team rider still leads the championship by 20 points.

Angus Grenfell (Artbox Team) was forced out of the weekend in JuniorGP after attempting to ride in the first session on Friday following a Thursday fall, later found to have fractured his hand.

Archie McDonald (MRE Talent) finished eighth in the Stock 600 category, while Carter Thompson (AGR Team) suffered a DNF in the European Talent Cup race. Meanwhile, in European Moto2, Harrison Voight (Yamaha Philippines Stylobike Racing) notched 13-6 finishes.