Fernandez and Toba aim to maintain strong run of results at European GP04/11/2020
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 take on the 13th round of the World Championship this week, held in Valencia.
With renewed energy after a week’s rest, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team travel to Valencia for the 13th round of the World Championship. The Ricardo Tormo Circuit will host two consecutive events in the coming fortnight, starting with the European Grand Prix. Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba are prepared for a demanding final stretch of the season, with three races in as many weeks.
Fernandez has been one of the fastest riders in 2020 and in the last two rounds he was on pole position on both occasions. His great form was not reflected in his race result at the Teruel Grand Prix, however, as he had a tough Sunday and placed 12th. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider knows the Ricardo Tormo Circuit well, holding a victory and a third position there from his time in the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2018. Fernandez currently occupies 7th place in the overall standings, with 93 points.
Toba comes into the European Grand Prix off the back of his first podium of the season. The Japanese rider will work hard alongside his crew this week to obtain another good result, at a circuit where he won a FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship contest in 2016. He currently lies 16th in the World Championship, with 40 points.
The 23-lap Moto3 European Grand Prix race takes place on Sunday at 11 am local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo won at the track in 2018 with Can Öncü.
Circuit information – Ricardo Tormo Circuit
Length: 4.005 m / 2.489 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left hand corners: 9
Right hand corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“These are the last three contests of the World Championship, in a triple-header. It was a shame to finish the way we did in Aragon; It left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth, since we came into the round off a podium and we were very strong but had a bit of bad luck on race day. However, we feel prepared to fight for victory and that is what we take away from that.
Now we have two rounds in Valencia and one in Portimao, two circuits that I really like. We will get back working in the same way we did in Alcañiz and hope that luck is on our side this time. The goal for the European Grand Prix is to keep giving 100% and try to fight for the rostrum. It was at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit that I got my first win in the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship, so I will use that as a morale boost and go for it.”
27 KAITO TOBA
“I will do my best to be on the podium again at this Grand Prix. We have to improve our performance in practice, as that will allow us to get to the front and save ourselves problems. My feeling improved over the last few races, so we will work hard to keep moving forward.
Valencia is a circuit that I like and where I won in 2016, when competing in the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship. I have fond memories of the track.”