Masia takes pole position for the Americas Grand Prix


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider will head the starting grid for the second time this season, with Pedro Acosta on the fifth row in Austin.


The starting grid for the Americas Grand Prix will be headed by Jaume Masia, who claimed the fourth pole position of his career and the second of the 2021 season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider was very strong on Saturday and was fastest both on the combined Free Practice timesheets and in Q2. Pedro Acosta also went directly through to Q2 and will begin from the fifth row of the grid in 15th place.

The day got off to a good start for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3, with the duo riding quicker than their pace from Friday. Masia made a great leap forward in a session that he ended up topping the timesheets with a 2:16.357 lap, almost two tenths faster than his nearest rival. He completed a total of 14 laps in the practice, as did his teammate. Acosta continued to collect valuable data at the American track and finished in 11th position with a 2:16.922.

Both riders went straight through to Q2. In that session, Masia clocked the fastest time and put himself on pole, setting a 2:15.986. Thanks to this result, the Spaniard will head the starting grid for the fifteenth round of the season, with his teammate on Row 5. Acosta qualified 15th with his personal best of the weekend: a 2:16.766.

The 17-lap Moto3 Americas Grand Prix takes place at 11 AM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:15.986
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 2:16.179 +0.193
3. Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) 2:16.182 +0.196
4. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 2:16.311 +0.325
5. Xavier Artigas (Honda) 2:16.334 +0.348
15. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:16.766 +0.780



“I’m happy with the result we achieved today. It’s always nice to begin from the front row of the grid, and even more so if you start from the pole position. I am very satisfied with the work we did and I want to thank the team for all their efforts. Tomorrow we will perform at our best and we will give everything in the race, to try to finish the weekend with a good place.”


“I’m satisfied with the work we did in FP3, since we achieved a place in Q2 without too many problems. In general, I felt good, even though it is only my second day at this track. We qualified on the fifth row of the grid, so tomorrow we will have to put in a lot of effort in the race and work hard if we want to climb up the order. We will give our one hundred percent to get a positive result and score as many points as possible.”