David Muñoz and Diogo Moreira finished on the Moto3 podium after great comebacks in the first race of the MotoGP World Championship held in Portimão (Portugal).
Brakes are an essential and differentiating factor in today’s motorcycle racing, with riders and bikes very evenly matched, especially in the Moto2 and Moto3 categories. The brake component brand Galfer is one of the major players in this area, with its range of products specially designed for the market, such as Floatech® brake discs and Racing G1310 sintered brake pads.
The start of the 2023 World Championship saw some great performances and results for Galfer riders in the Moto3 category. The young 16-year-old rider David Muñoz (Boé Motorsport) started the season spectacularly with his first podium (2nd), the third of his short career. Muñoz started from 13th position on the grid and thanks to his determination and Galfer brake products managed to quickly climb into the podium positions on the second lap of the race. Meanwhile, another Galfer rider, Brazilian Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets-MSI) also made a spectacular charge after starting from 16th position, managing to climb to 3rd place for the first podium of his career. It is also worth noting that Moreira had led the first practice sessions on Friday. Meanwhile, PruestelGP riders Xavi Artigas and Joel Kelso were also in the leading group in the Moto3 race, as was Jaume Masià (Leopard Racing), all Galfer riders. In a close finish, David Muñoz took second place, Diogo Moreira third, Jaume Masià fifth, Xavi Artigas eighth and Joel Kelso ninth. Therefore, five of the top nine riders in Moto3 were Galfer riders using the company’s high-performance brake products.
Overall, ten riders and five teams are representing the Galfer brand in the Moto3 category in the 2023 World Championship:
- Boé Motorsport: David Muñoz (ESP) and Ana Carrasco (ESP).
- MT Helmets-MSI: Diogo Moreira (BRA) and Syarifuddin Azman (MAL).
- PruestelGP: Xavi Artigas (ESP) and Joel Kelso (AUS)
- Snipers Team: Romano Fenati (ITA) and Matteo Bertelle (ITA)
- Leopard Racing: Jaume Masià (ESP) and Tatsuki Suzuki (JAP).
There was a bittersweet start to the season for the Stop & Go team, sponsored by Galfer, in the Moto2 class. Dutch rider Bo Bendsneyder suffered a crash shortly after the start of the race which left him with no chance of scoring any points despite having been in the top ten throughout the weekend. Meanwhile, new addition Lorenzo Dalla Porta finished his first race with his new team in 19th position, as he continues to adapt to the new structure. It is worth remembering that Dalla Porta was Moto3 World Champion with Galfer in the 2019 season.
The Galfer riders in the Moto2 category are:
- Stop & Go: Bo Bendsneyder (NED) and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA).
All Galfer riders and teams in the MotoGP World Championship have a range of different Floatech® disc brakes available to them, with different sizes and thicknesses to choose from depending on the type of track and temperature conditions at each GP. This, together with the high performance Racing G1310 sintered brake pads, gives them a competitive advantage over other brake brands.
The next round of the World Championship will be held at Termas del Río Hondo (Argentina) from 31 March to 2 April.