Collin Veijer starts 2024 with 5th place in Qatar

Collin Veijer starts 2024 with 5th place in Qatar

A successful start to the 2024 season brought Collin Veijer and the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Team valuable first World Championship points. The Dutchman earned eleven points with fifth place in his usual ambitious manner.  

Four months have passed since his last race and yet the 2023 shooting star, Collin Veijer, managed to pick up where he left off in the previous season. Starting the race from tenth on the grid, the Dutchman was already in eighth place after a solid start and found himself within an eleven-man battle group for the opening victory.

Numerous overtaking manoeuvres disrupted the rhythm, but the 19-year-old Moto3 Grand Prix winner found himself in fifth position again but slipped back to the end of the leading group at the end of the race after the tyres noticeably deteriorated.  Despite everything, the snappy Veijer prepared his final attack and managed to move back up to fifth place within a few corners. Just 0.338s behind race winner David Alonso, he finally collected his first 11 points of the season.

Collin Veijer, P5 – (+0.338)Moto3 World Championship 2024 – P5 – 11 Points: “To be honest, I’m not entirely satisfied with the result, because I think we can do better. In the beginning, the feeling was okay, but when the tyre drop started, I struggled a bit more with the situation. Also, some people made crazy overtaking manoeuvres on me, which sometimes threw me off my rhythm. Overall, our maximum in this race was P5. Let’s see what we can achieve in the next races because one thing is that I had a difficult time here in Qatar on this track last year as well. So, we will see what we can do on the other track though, I am confident that we can do better than here.” 

Hungry to score more world championship points, Veijer and the German Moto3 racing team will now head home for a short break before hopefully scoring many more points on the Easter weekend in Portimão from the 22nd – 24th of March.