Acosta and Masia in search of success at Jerez28/04/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders are motivated for the fourth round of the season: a home race at the Spanish Grand Prix.
After a magnificent start to the Moto3 World Championship for Red Bull KTM Ajo, both team’s riders are ready to face the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain. Between them, Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia have managed to take the first three victories on offer in the campaign, occupying first and second place, respectively, in the overall standings. In addition, thanks to the good results by the duo, the structure also leads the Moto3 Team Championship.
In Portimao, Acosta earned his second consecutive win of a Moto3 career just three races old. The reigning Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup champion was on the podium at every contest to date this season and is the undisputed breakout star of the year. The Spaniard comes into his fourth World Championship round as the series leader with 70 points, 31 ahead of his teammate.
At the Portuguese Grand Prix, Masia finished in a creditable ninth position, despite suffering an unfortunate crash on the last lap of the race. This weekend he will seek to redeem himself with a return to form at a track that he knows well: This will be his fifth World Championship appearance at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider occupies second place in the Moto3 standings with 39 points.
The Moto3 Spanish GP takes place over 22 laps on Sunday at 11 AM local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team have previously achieved great success in the class at the Andalusian track, with two third places for Sandro Cortese and Brad Binder in 2012 and 2015, respectively, two second positions for Luis Salom and Miguel Oliveira in 2013 and 2015, and a victory for Brad Binder in 2016.
Circuit information – Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit
Length: 4.423 m / 2.748 miles
Width: 11 metres / 36.09 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 m / 0.377 miles
5 JAUME MASIA
“The target is the same as always: To work well and find a good setup in order to be able to fight for the victory. I like the track and it is very enjoyable to ride, so I’m really looking forward to racing here in Spain. It’s a shame that the fans can’t be there. We will think about them a lot, because you feel their presence in the paddock and the stands. Although we will have them in our minds, I hope they can come back soon.”
37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“I face this Grand Prix with no expectations. I think that we worked well both in Qatar and in Portimao. In Qatar we had tests and we got the bike more prepared, so that during the final 3 days we only needed to fine tune details. In Portugal we had to start from scratch with the KTM, and that made me learn not to get nervous at other Grands Prix. My goals are to work with the team and have fun every time I go out on track. Jerez is a circuit that I like quite a lot. Racing at home is always special and my results there have always been good. It’s a shame that the fans can’t be there.”