Collin Veijer crowns Intact GP double podium in Sepang with his debut victory
It was THE weekend for Collin Veijer. The Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP rider fought a brilliant battle for the lead in Malaysia, from which the rookie emerged with his debut victory, making history as the first Dutch winner since Hans Spaan in 1990.
The Malaysia Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit increasingly developed into a top-class thriller, in which the Husqvarna duo Collin Veijer and Ayumu Sasaki took the lead in constant rotation. Besieged by the world championship leader, Jaume Masia, both riders from the German racing team kept a cool head.
Just two weeks after his debut podium, the 18-year-old Moto3 rookie followed up with his debut victory. In the course of the race, which he started from P2, there were countless overtaking manoeuvres at the very front. The youngster always managed to make clean manoeuvres and also supported and protected his team-mate Sasaki as good as possible. In the end, Veijer put all on one card, overtook his team-mate and ultimately finished the 15-lap heat battle as a new Grand Prix winner.
Collin Veijer, P1, 2023 Moto3 Wereldkampioenschap – P8 – 130 punten: "I feel great! It was incredibly exhausting! It was a great race and I tried to stay at the front as much as I could. At one point I had to attack my team-mate because otherwise the group behind me would have overtaken me as well. In the end, we achieved a 1:1 for our team and I'm very happy about that. I would like to thank the whole team for their tireless help."