Masia to fight for the San Marino Grand Prix from the second row


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider qualifies in fifth place, with teammate Pedro Acosta in ninth for the 14th round of the 2021 season.


The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli hosted qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on Saturday, with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team battling amongst the pacesetters. After improving their previous times in FP3, the duo made their way straight into Q2, where Jaume Masia and Pedro Acosta earned fifth and ninth, respectively.

The last Free Practice of the weekend was held in dry conditions and with the sun shining at Misano. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo took advantage of the perfect weather, and both lowered their times from Friday in the session. Acosta was third, clocking a personal best of 1:41.909 on his 12th lap out of a total of 20. He was just 2 tenths off the top spot. Masia finished FP3 in sixth, thanks to a 1:42.156 on his 11th attempt of 20.

The good work done by the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 pair allowed both riders to go straight into Q2. In the qualifying session, Masia set the fifth best time: a 1:42.111. The Spaniard will start from the second row of the grid tomorrow, whilst Acosta be on Row 3. The 17-year-old rookie finished in ninth place with a 1:42.558.

The 23-lap Moto3 San Marino Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 11 AM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 1:41.756
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:42.013 +0.257
3. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:42.020 +0.264
4. Andrea Migno (Honda) 1:42.099 +0.343
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.111 +0.355
9. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.558 +0.802



“I’m happy, as we are having a very solid weekend so far. We have worked very well. On the last sector of my hot lap, I was not able to push as much as I would have liked, but we still managed to get a spot on the second row of the grid, which is very good. In addition, we managed to be competitive with used tyres, and that is significant. We will see what happens tomorrow in the race and, as always, I will give one hundred percent.”


“It was a positive day. We went straight into Q2 and tomorrow we will start from the third row of the grid, which is good. Overall, I am happy and satisfied with the work we did today, and I hope I can have a great race tomorrow. The objective will be to enjoy each lap, but always keeping calm and focused.”