Well-deserved podium for Masia at Italian Grand Prix

30/05/2021

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider finishes second at Mugello, with teammate Pedro Acosta in eighth position on a sad day for the whole MotoGP paddock.

 

Red Bull KTM Ajo mourn the loss Jason Dupasquier and send our condolences to his team, family and friends at this time. Jaume Masia placed second, dedicating his rostrum to the Swiss rider and those closest to him, whilst Pedro Acosta concluded the Italian Grand Prix in eighth.

Masia had a difficult start to the race, dropping from fifth on the grid to eleventh on the opening lap. However, he managed to recover quickly and set a good pace that allowed him to latch onto the leading group. The Spaniard progressively moved up the order and, after a close final lap, he finished second.

Acosta, who took off from second, made his best start to date, taking the holeshot. With a large leading group, holding onto the position was tough, but he remained in contention throughout the race. His last lap saw him concede several places, to take the chequered flag eighth.

Acosta remains the leader of the Moto3 World Championship with 111 points, whilst Masia is second with 59. The next event for Red Bull KTM Ajo will be the Catalan GP next weekend from June 4th-6th.

Results (Moto3 Race)

1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 39:37.497
2. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.036
3. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) +0.145
4. Ayumu Sasaki (KTM) +0.240
5. Darryn Binder (KTM) +0.499
8. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.745

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2021

1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 111 points
2. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 59 points
3. Ayumu Sasaki (KTM) 57 points
4. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 56 points
5. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 56 points

Aki Ajo – Team Manager:

“Today we have conflicting feelings. All of our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Jason Dupasquier.
We are satisfied with the results obtained by our riders in the Moto3 race. It was good that Jaume [Masia] got back onto the podium after some difficult recent contests. As for Pedro [Acosta], he managed the round well. We must not forget that he is still a rookie.”

5 JAUME MASIA

“Today the result is the least important thing. The podium is dedicated to Jason Dupasquier. It is difficult to assimilate what happened this weekend. I send all my support to all his friends and family. I am satisfied with the race we had. I want to thank my team for all the work they did.”

37 PEDRO ACOSTA

“I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of Jason Dupasquier. Today we gained a lot of experience and valuable knowledge that is sure to be useful for us for the future. We salvaged the weekend since, in the end, we leave Mugello with a good handful of points.”

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