Fernandez and Toba look to continue progressing at Le Mans

07/10/2020

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team face a new three-race run that begins this weekend with the French Grand Prix, Round 10 of the World Championship.

 

The legendary Le Mans track will open its doors this weekend for the tenth round of the Moto3 World Championship: the French Grand Prix. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team head to France to begin a run of three races in as many weeks and both Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba will work hard to keep taking further steps forward and fight for a good result on Sunday.

Raul Fernandez finished 13th in Barcelona, after a tough contest in which he was amongst the large leading group. The Spaniard continues to show that he is capable of a great pace throughout a weekend, managing, once again, to start from the front row of the grid. Le Mans is a track that he holds fond memories of, such as when he was second there in 2018 when competing in the FIM CEV. Currently, Fernandez occupies 9th position in the overall standings with 64 points.

Kaito Toba was battling for a place in points at the Catalan Grand Prix, but a penalty in the final stages of the race relegated him to 18th position. The Japanese rider will seek to continue taking solid steps forward at a track where he already has podium experience: he was on the rostrum in 2016 when competing in the FIM CEV. Toba is in 19th position overall with 19 points.

The 22-lap French GP race will take place on Sunday at 11:20 am local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 have already garnered podiums at Le Mans, with victories in 2016 and 2014 through Brad Binder and Jack Miller, respectively, as well as a third place with Luis Salom in 2013.

 

Circuit information – Le Mans Circuit
Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 m / 0.418 miles
Constructed: 1965

 

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“We learned a lot during the first half of the season, although it wasn’t easy. For the final stretch of 2020, our goal is to get on the podium, since we have proven to be very competitive but have just not been able to cap it off with a good result. I’m happy with the work that KTM, Red Bull and the entire team are doing.

The French GP is important to me, so I will give my 100% just as we have been doing so far. However, we know that the weather in France is unpredictable. Both my crew and I are performing well, so I think we will do a great job regardless of whether it rains or not. It is a track that I like a lot and where I have also had positive results in the past.”

27 KAITO TOBA

“The team and I are going to work hard from the first practice session onwards at the French Grand Prix, to try to be well prepared for Sunday’s race. Our goal, as always, is to achieve a great result. The weather can vary throughout the weekend, but the important thing is that we are able to stay focused. Le Mans is one of my favourite circuits and I’ve always been good there. I hope I can have a strong performance.”

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