Masia faces Dutch Grand Prix race with good pace and confidence


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider places tenth in qualifying at Assen, whilst teammate Pedro Acosta is unable to take part in Q2 due to a crash in FP3.


The starting grid for the Dutch Grand Prix will feature Jaume Masia on the fourth row of the grid at Assen, after the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider topped Q1 and claimed tenth in Q2. Pedro Acosta was unable to take part in qualifying due to a heavy crash in FP3, being transferred to a local hospital to undertake tests. The Spaniard is now feeling fine, and the results of further medical examinations will decide whether he will be declared fit for tomorrow’s race.

The pair were back on track on Friday morning, for the final Free Practices of the weekend amidst optimal conditions. Masia was 11th fastest with a 1:42.361, despite a small crash at Turn 9 at the beginning of the session. The Spaniard put in 10 laps of the track. Acosta completed 13 laps, and was 12th in FP3 with a time of 1:42.453. However, before the end, the rookie was involved in a heavy crash amongst several riders.

Masia would have to go through Q1 and topped the session with a 1:41.932. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider progressed to Q2, where a 1:42.003 lap earned him his place on Row 4 for Sunday. Acosta had been scheduled to take part in Qualifying 2 but was deemed unfit.

The 22-lap Moto3 Dutch Grand Prix begins at 11 AM local time on Sunday.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) 1:41.194
2. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 1:41.406 +0.212
3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:41.472 +0.278
4. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 1:41.473 +0.279
5. Kaito Toba (KTM) 1:41.479 +0.285
10. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.003 +0.809
NC. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo)


“I’m happy with our position on the grid for tomorrow. We have a strong pace, so we will enjoy it to the fullest and we will try to have a good race. Everything indicates that it will be a fun contest. We will give it one hundred percent from the beginning, as we always do, and we will see where we are capable of finishing.”


“The crash in FP3 was very ugly, but luckily we are fine. The weekend was going well for us up until then, so I will focus on that. We still don’t know if we are able to ride tomorrow or not; everything will depend on what the doctors decide. If we are finally allowed to participate, we will try to reset after what happened and attempt to finish the Dutch Grand Prix.”