Podium double for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix24/10/2021
The team are crowned 2021 Moto3 Team Champions thanks to the second and third positions achieved by Jaume Masia and Pedro Acosta in Misano.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 put the finishing touch to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with a podium double for their riders, earning them the 2021 Team title in the process. Jaume Masia battled to the end for the victory, and finally achieved second place. Pedro Acosta had a spectacular contest and rallied late to earn third.
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix started well for Masia, who took off from the second row of the grid and was sixth by the end of the opening lap. He quickly joined up with the leading pack and progressively began to climb positions. Amongst the rostrum spots as early as Lap 3, Masia held off the constant attacks from his rivals and, finally, broke away with the leader of the race to fight for the victory. His second place was his third podium of the 2021 season.
Acosta started from the fifth position and dropped into a large group at the end of the first lap. Without losing focus and calm, he moved up the order and claimed the lead at the halfway mark of the race. Shortly after, Acosta became immersed in a constant exchange of overtaking moves that caused the pack to break up. In the final stages, the World Championship leader made a push and crossed the line in third. It was his seventh time on the rostrum this season.
Acosta continues to lead the Moto3 World Championship with 234 points. Masia is fourth with 155. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 will enjoy a week off before the last two rounds of the year, starting with the Algarve Grand Prix from November 5th-7th.
Results (Moto3 Race)
1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 39:33.170
2. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.292
3. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +4.686
4. Darryn Binder (Honda) +4.797
5. Stefano Nepa (KTM) +4.853
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 234 points
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 213 points
3. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 168 points
4. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 155 points
5. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 147 points
Moto3 World Championship Team Standing 2021
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 389 points
2. Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team 273 points
3. Leopard Racing 252 points
4. Petronas Sprinta Racing 211 points
5. Reb Bull KTM Tech 3 188 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“It has been a challenging weekend for everyone, due to the weather conditions. Before the Moto3 race, we hadn’t run any dry laps. Bearing this in mind, we have to be happy with the performance from the entire team and our riders. Getting the Teams title with both riders on the podium is a very good thing. I have no words to express how grateful I am to our passionate staff and our incredible sponsors.
Jaume [Masia] has taken a step forward in the last few rounds, looking very strong and focused mentally. He had a great contest, fighting for victory. Pedro [Acosta] had a great GP, despite the conditions. He suffered a little today but on the last laps he did a brilliant job. He continues to lead the championship with a 21-point lead, which is a great way to face the last two Grands Prix.”
5 JAUME MASIA
“I’m very happy. We gave it one hundred percent. Today our rivals were strong, so we tried to keep up with them with all our strength. We hadn’t ridden in the dry all weekend until today, so we didn’t know how we were going to feel on the bike. In the end, we were competitive enough to fight at the front. However, we pushed our tyres to the limit and at the end we were not able to fight for the victory as we would have liked. It was tough, but we got a second place and I feel satisfied. I want to thank the team for all the work they have done.”
37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“It was a tough race. Despite not having been dry all weekend, we had a good bike. However, we had small issues at points that I did not expect. We have taken another podium and we continue to focus on our work, as we are already thinking about the next round: the Algarve Grand Prix. We will once again give 100% there to have another good performance.”