Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 ready to fight for a good result in Austria


Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia go straight into Q2 and qualify on the second and third rows, respectively, at the Styrian Grand Prix.


After an excellent opening day of action, Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 continued with their good feeling on Saturday in qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix. Both riders made their way directly into Q2, after improving their lap times from the previous day in FP3. Pedro Acosta secured a place on the second row of the grid, in fourth position, whilst Jaume Masia will start from Row 3, in seventh.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 pair started the day in top form and were two of the most competitive riders over the course of FP3. Masia finished the session in second position, just 0.035 off the top spot, thanks to his personal best time of the weekend so far: 1:35.968. The Spaniard completed 19 laps of the Austrian track, just like his teammate. Acosta was fifth after stopping the clock at 1:36.149.

Thanks to their good work in Free Practice, the duo made it into Q2 directly. In that session, Acosta would lead the way at one point, eventually placing fourth with a 1:36.575. Tomorrow he will start the Styrian Grand Prix from the second row of the grid. On the Row 3 will be Masia, who took seventh through a 1:36.637.

The 23-lap Moto3 Styrian Grand Prix takes place tomorrow at 11 AM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Deniz Öncü (KTM) 1:36.453
2. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 1:36.477 +0.024
3. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 1:36.506 +0.053
4. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.575 +0.122
5. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 1:36.635 +0.182
7. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.637 +0.184


“I am happy, as we were able to secure a place on the third row of the grid for the race. The objective today was to be among the Top 12. Now we need to find out what weather we will have tomorrow, and if the contest will be run in wet or dry conditions. Be that as it may, we will give one hundred percent to put in a good performance.”


“It was a positive day. We worked well as a team, as with things being as tight as they are here, it was important to join forces. In FP3, we showed that we are competitive over one lap. We also have a good pace heading into the race. We will just have to wait and see what the weather conditions are like when we wake up tomorrow, whether it is raining or sunny. Regardless of this, we will try to enjoy the contest and do a great job.”