Catalan Grand Prix next challenge for Fernandez and Toba23/09/2020
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders travel to Barcelona to face the last race of the September triple-header, and the ninth of the Moto3 World Championship season.
After two consecutive weeks in San Marino, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team move on to Barcelona this weekend for the Catalan Grand Prix. The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit will host the ninth round of the Moto3 World Championship. Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba come into the contest with extra motivation, after taking big steps forward last Sunday.
Raul Fernandez finished sixth at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and was a constant presence in the leading group, battling for the podium until the final corner. Now the Spaniard heads to a circuit at which he has extensive experience and is determined to fight for a great result on race day. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider currently occupies the ninth position in the overall standings with 61 points.
Teammate Kaito Toba is coming off his best result this season so far, when he placed ninth last weekend. The Japanese feels more confident on-board his Moto3 KTM bike and at Misano he showed notable progress with his performance – both in the race and in the preceding practice sessions. Toba will attempt to continue this at Barcelona, a track that he likes. He is 19th in the series, with 19 points.
The 21-lap Catalan Grand Prix race will be held on Sunday at 12 pm local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team have been on the podium three times at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit: through Luis Salom (1st) in 2013, and Sandro Cortese and Brad Binder (2nd) in 2012 and 2016, respectively.
Circuit information – Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit
Length: 4.627 m / 2.875 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 1.047 m / 0,650 miles
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“We have just completed a positive weekend. We were missing something in the race, but I am happy with how things went, since we were only 4 tenths behind the winner. This Grand Prix our goal is once again to place on the podium. When we succeed with this, it will be a big step forward for us. I like the Catalan track and it is also where I have completed the most laps this year, so we have a chance of doing a good job. I am motivated and I will give my all.”
27 KAITO TOBA
“At the last Grand Prix I was able to regain the confidence I had before on-board the bike, which is definitely something very positive. This weekend we are going to try to take advantage of all that we learned at Misano to fight for a good position in the race. This is a circuit that I like and where I have done well in the past. I’m looking forward to getting back on track.”