Hard-fought race for Masia and Acosta at San Marino Grand Prix

19/09/2021

Jaume Masia finishes in fifth position in Misano, whilst Pedro Acosta is seventh.

 

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 finished the San Marino Grand Prix with a hard race, fighting lap after lap to improve their positions. Jaume Masia was amongst the leading group, reaching the podium spots at times, but finally finished in a creditable fifth place. Pedro Acosta had a tough Sunday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli but would hold on for seventh.

The San Marino Grand Prix began well for Masia, who took off from the second row of the grid and completed the first lap in fifth position. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider was part of the chasing pack, whilst the race leader broke away before a crash just past the midway point. Masia and the rest of the group kicked off a fierce fight to take a podium place. On the last lap, light contact with another rider put Masia into fifth.

Pedro Acosta had a tough start to the race and dropped from ninth position to 12th off the line. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 star pushed hard to catch up with the leading group, but after a small scare on Lap 7, he lost contact. Battling to protect his place from then on, the Spaniard took the chequered flag in seventh.

After today’s results, Acosta remains leader of the Moto3 World Championship with 210 points. Masia is fifth with 122. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo now enjoy a week off before travelling to the United States, where the Americas Grand Prix will take place from October 1st-3rd.

Results (Moto3 Race)
1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 39:17.002
2. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) +0.565
3. Andrea Migno (Honda) +0.817
4. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) +2.140
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +3.098
7. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +9.991

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 210 points
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 168 points
3. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 168 points
4. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 134 points
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 122 points

Moto3 World Championship Team Standing 2021
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 332 points
2. Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team 244 points
3. Leopard Racing 196 points
4. Petronas Sprinta Racing 173 points
5. Reb Bull KTM Tech 3 166 points

 

AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER

“We have to be happy and satisfied that both riders finished the race. As we said on previous occasions, Moto3 is a challenging class for getting consistent results. Jaume [Masia] did well, since he was fighting in the leading group. However, we always want more and that is why we are going to analyse what aspects we can strengthen in order to fight for victories and podiums with him. It was a tough weekend for Pedro [Acosta]. Nevertheless, he did a great job and was very focused during every session. However, we didn’t find full confidence for Sunday at this track. In any case, I am positive with the performance that our rookie put in, earning a good amount of points.”

5 JAUME MASIA

“Today we had a very hard-fought race, with the riders in the leading group. We finished fifth and we continued scoring points, which is important. I am happy to have been able to be up with the riders at the front. Now we have to study all the data that we have extracted from this Sunday and fine tune details so that, at the next round, we are prepared to fight for the win.”

37 PEDRO ACOSTA

“It was a tough race. The bike was running well, although braking was a bit difficult for me and maybe that’s why the group escaped. However, we achieved our goal, which was to have the least possible points taken away from our lead in the title chase. We were aware that this weekend we could not make a mistake like we did in Aragon. In general, I am happy and we are already thinking about the next contest, in the United States.”

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