Masia and Acosta look to take step forward on race day at Silverstone


Jaume Masia will start tomorrow’s contest from the fourth row, with Pedro Acosta on Row 8 at the British Grand Prix.


The starting grid for the Moto3 British Grand Prix was decided on Saturday at Silverstone. Jaume Masia made progress and went into Qualifying 2 directly, going on to take 10th place. Pedro Acosta continued to concentrate on gaining experience at what is a new track for him; he would contest Qualifying 1, earning 22nd position on the grid.

The final Free Practice of the weekend saw temperatures drop below 13ºC on Saturday morning. Masia adapted well to the cold, running times quicker than his fastest lap from Friday to finish sixth with a personal best of 2:11.754. He completed a total of 13 laps in FP3, the same as his teammate. Acosta was 15th after stopping the clock at 2:12.318.

Masia entered Q2 directly, and in that session, the Spaniard placed 10th thanks to a 2:12.512 time, securing a spot on the fourth row of the grid. Acosta had to contest Q1, in which he finished eighth with a time of 2:12.708. The result means that the Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie will start the British Grand Prix from 22nd position, on Row 8.

The 17-lap Moto3 British Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 11:20 AM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 2:11.325
2. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) 2:11.368 +0.043
3. Riccardo Rossi (KTM) 2:11.522 +0.197
4. Andrea Migno (Honda) 2:11.590 +0.265
5. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 2:11.715 +0.390
10. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:12.512 +1.187
22. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:12.708 (Q1 time)



“I am happy with the tenth position on tomorrow’s starting grid. We had some issues to deal with in qualifying, but we will do our best to fix them. We will have to see how the race develops, and what kind of a group is formed at the front, but regardless of what happens, we are going to give everything to get a good result.”


“It was not our best Saturday. However, we feel ready for tomorrow. It will be a fun race in which we will have to push hard from the start to gain positions, but we can’t lose our calm or concentration. We are positive and relaxed. We will try to enjoy it to the fullest, giving one hundred percent to have a good performance.”