Acosta and Masia complete two days of private testing in Portugal


Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 enjoy a productive start to the 2021 Moto3 World Championship pre-season schedule.


With three weeks to go until the first race of 2021, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 began their preparations on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, with two positive days of testing at the Algarve International Circuit, in Portugal. Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia showed a rapid adaptation to the team, and were two of the fastest and most competitive riders.

Reigning Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup champion, Pedro Acosta, took advantage of the two days to continue learning about the bike and the class. Despite his being a rookie, the Spaniard was fast from the get-go, clocking the third best time on Tuesday and leading the way on Wednesday, when he stopped the clock at 1:47.849. Acosta was one of the hardest-working riders, completing 70 laps on the second day.

Jaume Masia took advantage of his experience in the Moto3 class, together with his knowledge of his team, to start working on the set-up of the bike. On both Tuesday and Wednesday the Spaniard was among the fastest riders, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively. On the second day the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider set a personal best time of 1:48.565, from a total of 59 laps.

Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia will be back onboard their Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 bikes in two weeks’ time, at the official test in Qatar on March 19th-21st.


#37 Pedro Acosta

“I am quite happy with how the two days of testing went, after three or four months without riding a competition bike. We improved some points, especially our braking, which we found difficult since the first test in November. The practice allowed us to gain confidence as a team and understand each other. We worked quite well, putting in many laps, and the times were good and came easily. We did a good job.
This was a productive test, as we solved the issues we had, we improved some of our strengths and, above all, we gained confidence with the team and adapted to their philosophy.”

#5 Jaume Masia

“I’m very happy with the work we did. We collected a lot of information and we built a good base to go to the official test in Qatar prepared. We set competitive times, in the 1:48s, and were always riding alone. I’m satisfied with the effort that the team and I have put in, and I want to thank them for their enthusiasm over these two days. I can’t wait for next time.”