Kaito Toba joins Red Bull KTM Ajo for the 2020 season17/09/2019
Red Bull KTM Ajo are proud to announce the signing of the young Japanese rider – winner of the 2019 Qatar GP – for next season’s Moto3 World Championship.
At 19 years of age and with a Grand Prix victory to his name, Kaito Toba has emerged as one of Asian motorcycling’s greatest young talents and in 2020 he will join the Red Bull KTM Ajo project in Moto3. Currently competing in his third season in the World Championship, Toba will join the structure led by Aki Ajo which won the 125cc title in 2008 and 2010, in addition to the Moto3 crown in 2012 and 2016.
The Japanese youngster will therefore ride for a fourth full campaign in the Moto3 World Championship in 2020. He rose come to prominence as the winner of the 2014 Asia Talent Cup and rode brilliantly in both the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the FIM CEV, where he achieved three wins and three further podiums in 2015 and 2016. The following year, Kaito debuted in the World Championship, where he now has 50 races under his belt. Toba recorded his first GP victory in Qatar this season, thus becoming the first Japanese rider to win in the lightweight class in the last 12 years.
Aki Ajo – Team manager
“I’m very happy to have Kaito [Toba] on our team next season. He is young and talented as we saw from his time in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the Asia Talent Cup. In the World Championship he has also shown great potential, getting on the podium this season. The Moto3 category is very competitive and tight, so we need an experienced rider with a competitive style. I expect we will see him fight for the top positions in 2020.”
Kaito Toba – Rider
“I’m very happy to be joining Red Bull KTM Ajo for the 2020 season. The team have had some great riders with them in the past and they have won several World Championship titles so it will be an honour to become part of that family. I’m really looking forward to starting my work with them. My goal for next year is to be competitive in every session and every race in order to get the best results possible.”