Acosta and Masia ready for the Americas adventure29/09/2021
Red Bull KTM Ajo travel Stateside for the Grand Prix of The Americas, the 15th round of the 2021 Moto3 season, this weekend at COTA.
The Moto3 World Championship moves into the final stretch of the 2021 season with the Grand Prix of The Americas, the fifteenth round of the year. Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia head to the spectacular COTA track in the USA for the first time in two years – after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the pandemic. Red Bull KTM Ajo come into the weekend top of the Teams and Rider standings.
At the last Grand Prix, Acosta took seventh place at the end of a tough contest, and since then has been training hard for what is an unfamiliar circuit for him. The Spaniard has been watching races from previous years as well as working on his fitness. Acosta continues to lead the overall standings with a total of 210 points, 42 ahead of his closest rival.
Masia fought for the podium at the last round, achieving a deserved fifth position. He has fond memories of COTA, where in 2019 he finished second. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will try to repeat the feat, two years on, and claim a good result. Masia is fifth in the Moto3 World Championship with 122 points.
The 17-lap Moto3 Grand Prix of The Americas takes place at 11 AM local time on Sunday.
Circuit information – Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
Length: 5.513 m / 3.426 miles
Width: 15 metres / 49.21 ft.
Left corners: 11
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.200 m / 3937.01 ft.
5 JAUME MASIA
“I am very happy to be returning to America and racing outside of Europe. COTA is a different circuit from the rest on the calendar and I like it a lot. It’s a lot of fun and a really cool track, so we’re looking forward to having a good time this weekend. We will work hard to try to repeat the podium we achieved there in 2019.”
37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“This will be my first time racing at COTA. I’ve been watching many races from previous years and I am ready for this new challenge. We’ll see how well we adapt to the circuit, however, I think it could be a track that suits our riding style well: there’s lots of braking and different overtaking points. The objective for this round is once again to get as many points as possible for the championship.”