Red Bull KTM Ajo look for sixth consecutive Moto3 podium in Sepang25/10/2017
Red Bull KTM Ajo look for sixth consecutive Moto3 podium in SepangBo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli will attempt to give Red Bull KTM Ajo a Moto3 podium for the sixth season in a row.
Only the final result of the Australian GP was negative for Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli, who throughout the weekend felt very comfortable with their KTM bike. They will hope for a continuation of that feeling from practice when the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team contest their third race in as many weekends: The Malaysian Grand Prix. The Sepang International Circuit has long been a favourable one for the team, who have always had at least one rider on the podium in Moto3 races at the track. Highlights include victories for Sandro Cortese -2012-, Luis Salom -2013- and Miguel Oliveira -2015-.
Bo Bendsndeyder made his first Malaysian GP appearance last year, and took a third position that marked his second World Championship podium. The Dutchman managed to adapt to the changing weather conditions that so often affect the practice sessions. His initial goal this weekend will be to look for a place on the starting grid that does not jeopardise his options of fighting for at least the Top 10.
Niccolo Antonelli’s was confident about the Australian round after a podium in Japan the previous week. However, a crash on the second lap truncated his great comeback. At Sepang he hopes to repeat his previous good performances and get back in the battle for the rostrum. It was in 2015 that he got closest to the Top 3 so far in Malaysia, finishing fourth in a race that started from pole position.
The Moto3 race will start at 12.00h local time -5.00am CET- on Sunday. This will be the penultimate race of the season.
Circuit information – Sepang International Circuit
Length: 5.543m / 3.444 miles
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 920m / 0.572 miles
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
“I’m raring to get on my KTM and forget about last Sunday’s race, in which a mistake left us with no chance of a good result far too early on. I arrive confident and with a positive mentality, because in Australia we took an important step with our setup. The Sepang International Circuit is very nice, I like it, and I have a lot of fun riding there. We will do our best to always be fast and get a good result in the race.”
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
“I’m looking forward to this final round of the flyaways in Malaysia. Honestly, I think we had a good weekend in Australia; it was only bad luck and an electronic problem that prevented us from being higher up. The feeling on the bike was very good, so I hope they will stay the same this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit. Last year I got my second Grand Prix podium there and it was the first time I had ridden at the track, so I couldn’t have a better memory of it.”