Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 round off 2020 preseason in Qatar01/03/2020
After three days of intense work at the Losail International Circuit, Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba are ready for the first race of the year.
2020 preseason came to an end for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 on Sunday in Qatar, as they contested the final day of the Official Test at the Losail International Circuit. Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba completed an intense workplan during the three days of activity this weekend, putting in 144 and 121 laps, respectively. The Spaniard placed 10th, with the Japanese rider in 14th position on the combined timesheets.
The last day of the Official Test allowed Fernandez to confirm all the data collected throughout the preseason. On Sunday he completed a total of 40 laps and clocked the 7th best time of the day, 2:05.833. Satisfied with the work done during the winter, Raul managed to be competitive with both hard and soft tyre compounds.
Toba kept progressing constantly throughout the test, and set his fastest lap of 2:06.111 on Sunday, to place 11th for the day. His 30 laps today were important for getting further acquainted with his new KTM machine and increasing both his comfort and his confidence.
Following the Official Test, the two Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders will get the season underway at the Losail International Circuit from March 6th-8th.
Combined Standings – Day 3
1. Ai Ogura (Honda) 2:05:411
2. Filip Salac (Honda) 2:05.411
3. Tony Arbolino (Honda) 2:05.435 +0.024
4. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 2:05.447 +0.036
5. John McPhee (Honda) 2:05.636 +0.225
7. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:05.833 +0.422
11. Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:06.111 +0.700
Combined Standings – Days 1-2-3
1. Filip Salac (Honda) 2:04:892
2. Ai Ogura (Honda) 2:05.411 +0.519
3. Tony Arbolino (Honda) 2:05.435 +0.543
4. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 2:05.447 +0.555
5. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 2:05.477 +0.585
10. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:05.798 +0.906
14. Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:06.111 +1.219
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“We had some good preseason tests in Moto3. KTM have done a great effort, as our riders feel much more comfortable on the bike – especially with the new chassis. In addition, at this test we were able to try out some engine developments for 2020 and, right from the start, the crew were very happy with how they are working. The team and KTM have done a great job and I feel we are ready to start the season.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“Today we worked, above all, on our pace, seeking consistent lap times. I’m very happy with the results we obtained, since we were competitive with used tyres. In addition, at the end of the day we managed to go fast on new tyres, which is very positive. Overall, this test was successful, I feel comfortable with both my team and my bike. We have kept a constant progression going and I am very satisfied. Now it’s time to focus on the start of the season; we are ready to go.”
27 KAITO TOBA
“We have done a good job in the preseason, since we took steps forward day after day. Now that the Qatar Official test is over, we feel ready for the first race of 2020. However, we must continue to move forward in order to be more consistent with our race pace.”