Masia and Acosta start final stretch of 2021 season in Portugal03/11/2021
After their podium double a fortnight ago, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 participate at the Algarve Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the year.
The 2021 season’s penultimate event takes place this weekend, as Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 return to Portugal for the first race of a double header on the Iberian Peninsula. Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia come into the round after having achieved an excellent double podium a fortnight ago, with the former having the opportunity to clinch the Moto3 World Championship title.
At Misano, Acosta worked hard in the race to get third position, scoring some important points in his title quest. This weekend, the Spaniard returns to the Portuguese track where he was victorious back in April. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider could become the first ever rookie Moto3 World Champion this weekend and leads the overall standings with 234 points, 21 ahead of the second classified.
Masia was back on the podium at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, and even fought for the victory. Having taken a step up in performance in the closing rounds of the campaign, he wants to close the season on a high. The Spaniard currently occupies fourth position in the Moto3 World Championship, with 155 points.
The 21-lap Moto3 Algarve Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday at 11:20 AM local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 hold two wins at the Portuguese track, after Acosta’s triumph in April and Raul Fernandez’ success in 2020.
Circuit information – Algarve International Circuit
Length: 4.600 metres / 2,85 miles
Width: 18 metres / 59,06 ft
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 969 metres / 3179,13 ft.
5 JAUME MASIA
“The objective for the Algarve Grand Prix is to try to be as competitive as we were at the last contest, if we push hard, we will succeed. The key to achieving a good result in Portugal will be to work hard from the first Free Practice on Friday. We will try to quickly find a good base setup for our bike, which will allow us to focus on our pace and on preparing for the race.
37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“These will be the last two races of the campaign, but also the last for me in the Moto3 class. I face these contests with great enthusiasm and want to have fun. We worked well at the last round, but we have to keep working hard if we want to finish the season with a good feeling. I go well at this circuit, and in the past, we have had strong performances here. We could say that it is my favourite track. In addition, this year we have had several days of work in the Algarve with the team – during pre-season and also during the campaign. We have a lot of data, so I think we can do well this weekend.”