03 November 2022 – Circuit Ricardo Tormo – Spain
After four years of MotoGP in the Moto3 class, 72 races in which we collected 22 podiums, including 8 victories and 8 Pole Positions, it is time for the Max Racing Team to say goodbye to the Moto3.
Already in the first year of the World Championship we reached the second position in the drivers’ standings, while in the following years we obtained at least one victory. There are four drivers we have led to victory and this year, with one race to go, we have already achieved three victories and we are in contention for the second final position with Ayumu. The Max Racing Team in the last three years has been the Husqvarna Motorcycles Factory Team and in this period, we had the honor to bring this historic brand back on the top step of the podium. To finish off in style, in the last race, which was held on the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, we got a wonderful double win, with John who won ahead of Ayumu.
In short, the Max Racing Team in just four years has become one of the Top Team of Moto3.
Before leaving we still have a race to play, and we will do it in Spain at the Valencia circuit. As we said we are in contention for second position in the drivers’ standings and we must defend our third position in the Teams’ standings. It is not yet time to look to the future, we have a weekend of fire ahead of us.
We leave you to the words of Ayumu, John and our Team Owner, the MotoGP Legend Max Biaggi.
AYUMU SASAKI : “I am very excited to start the last race in Valencia. We finished very well in Malaysia, and we still have the hope to be second in the world championship, so we will work hard for this. I will prepare myself very well to be 100% ready. Our target is, as always, to be strong in every session, and to fight for the front positions. I am a bit sad that it is going to be the last race of the 2022 season, but at the same time I am looking forward to finish well and have a good winter break.”
JOHN MCPHEE : “Heading to the last race of the season and my last race in Moto3 will be pretty emotional. Delighted to be heading there as the most recent winner in Sepang. It couldn’t have come at a better time and now there’s one last opportunity to enjoy myself in Moto3. I’ll dig deep as always to achieve the best result possible.”
MAX BIAGGI – TEAM OWNER : “This weekend is our last race and we will do it with a big push, since we have the chance to achieve two great goals, both in the drivers’ ranking and in that of the Teams. We are still galvanized for the double victory in Malaysia. It is never easy to get on the podium and even less with both drivers. I am happy that also this year the Max Racing Team raced a championship as a protagonist and it is for me a great pride to leave a winning team, that I am sure can be protagonist also in the next year.”
The race at the Valencia circuit usually closes the Championship and last year to win in Moto3 was X. Artigas, who preceded S. Garcia and J. Masia. The fastest lap of the race was obtained by X. Artigas, with a time of 1’39.287 and an average of 145.2 Km/h. With a time of 1’38.668 and an average of 146.1 Km/h P. Acosta got the Pole Position.
On this track Ayumu got as best result a tenth place last year, while John climbed on the lowest step of the podium in 2018.
Here are the records of the track. The All Time Lap Record belongs to D. Binder , who in 2020, with a time of 1’38.286 and an average of 146.6 Km/h, got the Pole Position, so this time also represents the Best Pole: S. Garcia in 2020 got the Best Race Lap, with the time of 1’38.858 and to the average of 145.8 Km/h. 237.1 km/h is the Top Speed, reached by J. Kornfeil in 2019.
Schedule – Local Time (GMT +1)
Here are the times to follow the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing in this last weekend.
Thursday 03 November
17:00 – Press Conference
Friday 04 November
09:00 – 09:40 – FP1 Moto3
13:15 – 13:55 – FP2 Moto3
Saturday 05 November
09:00 – 09:40 – FP3 Moto3
12:35 – 12:50 – Q1 Moto3
13:00 – 13:15 – Q2 Moto3
Sunday 06 November
09:00 – 09:10 – WUP Moto3
11:00 – RACE Moto3