One-two finish for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 in dream start to 2021 season28/03/2021
Jaume Masia wins the Qatar Grand Prix race, with his teammate, Pedro Acosta, second in his World Championship debut.
The 2021 Moto3 World Championship season started in an unbeatable way for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, with a win and a second place for their riders at the Qatar Grand Prix. Jaume Masia took victory in a closely contested race, in which only 42 thousandths of a second separated him from nearest rival and teammate, Pedro Acosta. The win was Masia’s fourth in Moto3, and his eighth time on the podium. Acosta claimed a memorable second place on his World Championship debut.
Masia, who started from the second row of the grid, dropped down positions on the first corner, but swiftly recovered and imposed a strong pace. The Spaniard latched onto the leading group and moved to the front of the field, engaging in an intense series of overtaking moves with his rivals. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 talent needed to push on the final laps to withstand the challenge of his teammate and the rest of the riders in the chasing pack. Masia eventually took the chequered flag in first place.
In his debut race as a World Championship rider, Pedro Acosta made an excellent start, going from eleventh on the grid to fifth on the first lap. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie settled into the first group, keeping up the pace and even taking the lead on several occasions. Throughout the contest, the 16-year-old pitted his talents against some of the most experienced competitors in the class, catching them out with great overtaking moves. After some very tight final laps, in which he fought for the victory, Acosta came home second, completing a stellar first outing in Moto3.
Masia thus heads the overall standings with 25 points, with Acosta in second with 20. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team will remain in Qatar this week, as the Losail International Circuit hosts the second round of the year – the Doha Grand Prix – from April 2nd-4th.
Results (Moto3 Race)
1. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 38:29.620
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.042
3. Darryn Binder (Honda) +0.094
4. Sergio García (GasGas) +0.435
5. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) +0.880
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 25 points
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 20 points
3. Darryn Binder (Honda) 16 points
4. Sergio García (GasGas) 13 points
5. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) 11 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It was a great day for us in Moto3. We are very happy with the work that the entire team did, especially our two young talents. I’m satisfied with how they worked during the winter, as the aim was always to get us ready for racing, rather than just setting fast laps. Both Jaume [Masia] and Pedro [Acosta] adapted perfectly to the Red Bull KTM Ajo philosophy. I hope that we can keep performing at this level for the whole season. I believe that we will see some great races in the future, as we are highly motivated.”
5 JAUME MASIA
“I’m very happy. It was a tough race to manage, as the wind was blowing strongly. Maintaining the lead was not an easy task, as the overtaking in the leading group was constant. I tried to keep calm and cool-headed to approach the last laps in the best possible way. I feel satisfied, and I want to congratulate the whole team – and my teammate. We did a great job and now we have to continue like this. I’m looking forward to next week and to racing here again.”
37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“We had a very good race. The team were able to calm me down and take the pressure off me. I started the race calmly and, once I managed to fight back, I focused all my efforts on staying relaxed. I made a small mistake on the last corner but getting onto the podium in my debut race is a fantastic thing. I feel happy and want to continue working to keep progressing.”