100 GP victories for Ajo Motorsport16/08/2021
The team reach a milestone figure from 20 successful years in the Motorcycle World Championship, including triumphs in 125cc, Moto3, Moto2 and MotoE.
The victory for Raul Fernandez at the Austrian Grand Prix marked Ajo Motorsport’s 100th win of all time in the Motorcycle World Championship. The century is part of a series of successes for the structure, which includes two 125cc World Championships – 2008 and 2010 -, two Moto3 titles – 2012 and 2016 -, two Moto2 crowns – 2015 and 2016 – and the Moto2 Teams World Championship – 2018.
Ajo Motorsport have been working at Grand Prix level since 2001. Their first victory came at the 2003 125cc Australian Grand Prix, through Andrea Ballerini. The day included a one-two finish, with Masao Azuma coming home in second place. Over the following seasons, the structure continued to evolve and become a dominant force in 125cc. In 2008, Ajo Motorsport won the World Championship in the class with Mike di Meglio, and in 2010 a young Marc Marquez repeated the feat in the first year of cooperation of Ajo Motorsport and Red Bull.
In 2012, with the switch to Moto3, Red Bull, KTM and Ajo Motorsport joined forces in a collaboration that continues to the present day. It instantly reaped rewards, when Sandro Cortese was crowned World Champion.
The 2015 season saw Ajo Motorsport take the step up to Moto2 with Johann Zarco. A dream campaign followed, with the Frenchman taking the title in two consecutive seasons. In 2016, Ajo Motorsport also added a second Moto3 title through Brad Binder.
In 2017, the already consolidated alliance between Red Bull, KTM and Ajo Motorsport decided to also join forces in the intermediate class, with Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder as their riders. That same season, the duo gave Red Bull KTM Ajo its first successes in Moto2, and the pair later helped earn a Teams title in 2018.
In 2019, Ajo Motorsport participated in the inaugural FIM MotoE World Cup, achieving the very first victory in the history of the electric series with Niki Tuuli. 2021 is their third year in the series.
In their 20th season in the Motorcycle World Championship, Ajo Motorsport are one of the strongest teams in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes, currently leading the overall standings for riders and teams in both. The structure has continuously focused its efforts on discovering, educating and nurturing young talents from different backgrounds.
The collaboration has become a key part of the KTM GP Academy – a system implemented by the manufacturer to identify and develop top talent, through Moto3 and Moto2, to move up to one of the four Red Bull KTM MotoGP seats. Recently we’ve seen two riders who formed part of Red Bull KTM Ajo – Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira – move up to the premier class and achieve big things.