Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 ready for second consecutive week of racing02/06/2021
Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia face the seventh round of the 2021 season, the Catalan Grand Prix, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
After a difficult Italian Grand Prix for the Motorcycle World Championship, the series moves from Mugello to Barcelona for this weekend’s Catalan GP. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host the seventh round of the 2021 season, and a home event for Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia. The good results achieved by the duo so far this year mean that they remain top of the Rider and Teams standings.
Acosta was in great form, fighting for victory at the Italian Grand Prix until the last lap. The rookie eventually finished in eighth position and gained further valuable experience. This week the Spaniard returns to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, less than a month on from a fruitful test that gave him several pointers for Round 7. Acosta is the series leader, with 111 points.
Masia was back on the podium last time out, placing second in a close race. His second rostrum of 2021, following his win at the season opener in Qatar, gives him momentum heading to a track that he knows well. The Spaniard currently occupies second place in the Moto3 World Championship standings, with 59 points.
The 21-lap Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix race is scheduled for Sunday at 11:20 AM local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 have previous podiums at the track thanks to a win for Luis Salom in 2013, and second places for Sandro Cortese in 2012 and Brad Binder in 2016.
Circuit information – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Length: 4.627 m / 2.875 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 1.047 m / 0,650 miles
5 JAUME MASIA
“The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a track that I like a lot, and where in the past I went well. I can’t wait to start the weekend. As at previous Grands Prix, the goal is to work hard from the first Free Practice on Friday. We will try to quickly find a good base setup for our bike, which will allow us to focus on our pace and on preparing for the race.
Knowing that there will be fans in the stands is an added source of motivation for us. It will undoubtedly be an emotional contest, and I am looking forward to it.”
37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“The test we did at Barcelona was very useful for me since I hadn’t ridden there for a long time. Overall, it is a circuit that I like and where I think we can have a good contest. The style of this track could benefit me, because I won’t have to think about exactly how to go about the last lap; as happened at Portugal and Jerez, if you are among the five front-runners at the end, you can challenge for a good result.
Racing at home, with fans at the track, is extra motivation. I want to have a great race for all of them.”