Hard-fought race by Raul Fernandez in Austria

16/08/2020

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider finishes 9th on Sunday, with teammate Kaito Toba in 20th position.

 

The Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix concluded on Sunday with an intense race, in which Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 once again fought for the top spots. Raul Fernandez was part of the leading group during the entirety of the 23-lap contest. After a breath-taking finale in which riders were on the limit, the Spaniard eventually placed 9th. Kaito Toba had a tough Sunday and ended in 20th position.

Starting from pole, Raul Fernandez matched the great pace he had shown in practice. Getting off the line well, the Spaniard grabbed the lead once more on the second lap. A large group at the front meant that the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider was constantly fending off rivals and looking for overtaking moves of his own. After spending much of the contest in the podium places, he dropped down the order in the final third. Fernandez would cross the line in 9th position.

Kaito Toba, who started from Row 6, experienced the difficulties inherent to fighting back through the field. The Japanese lost several spots on the opening lap, as the riders packed into a single group. After managing to overtake some of his rivals, the 20-year-old did his best to maintain a consistent pace, coming home 20th.

After the Austrian Grand Prix, Raul Fernandez is 5th in the World Championship with 43 points. Kaito Toba is 19th with 12. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo will now remain in Austria, where they will take part in the Grand Prix of Styria from August 21st-23rd.

 

Results (Moto3 Race)
1. Albert Arenas (KTM) 37:25.323
2. Jaume Masia (Honda) +0.049
3. John McPhee (Honda) +0.447
4. Ai Ogura (Honda) +0.121
5. Celestino Vietti (KTM) +0.292
9. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +1.136
20. Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +4.309

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2020
1. Albert Arenas (KTM) 95 points
2. John McPhee (Honda) 67 points
3. Ai Ogura (Honda) 65 pints
4. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 50 points
5. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 43 points
19. Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 12 points

 

AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER

“It was not our best weekend in Moto3. Both riders finished the contest, which is very positive. However, after our performances in practice we expected a little more from this GP. It’s true that Kaito Toba started from far back, but he had shown a good pace. With Raul [Fernandez] we are still learning how to manage races in the front group. Now we have to analyse all the data obtained and see how we can take further steps forward.”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“It was a tough race. We had a strategy that didn’t work out well for us. I tried to do my best, but the final part of the circuit was difficult for me. However, I’m happy because this is a track that I don’t like very much and we completed the weekend in the points. We must continue working in the same way and take advantage of the new opportunity that we have next weekend.”

27 KAITO TOBA

“We are not satisfied with today’s race. We have to improve in qualifying and also the early stages of the contest, because if we are able to do that then we could be fighting for the top positions. We have to be more consistent and not make mistakes. I am sure that we will succeed in doing this. Next week we will work hard to take the step forward that we still need.”

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