Masia and Holgado open 2022 pre-season at Jerez17/02/2022
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo reconvene with their team for two days of private testing at the Spanish track.
After a long winter break, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team returned to work with two days of private testing at the Jerez Angel Nieto-Circuit on Wednesday and Thursday. Jaume Masia used the occasion to complete a lengthy task-list, whilst Dani Holgado assessed his feeling and fitness after the injury he suffered at the end of January.
The team enjoyed two days with an open track from 10 AM to 6 PM, amidst favourable weather conditions. Masia completed a total of 125 laps during the test, setting times in the 1:47.153s. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider finished 6th in the combined timesheets of the two-day test. After a positive first test of 2022, the Spanish leaves Jerez feeling good.
Holgado had been forced to undergo surgery to treat a multifragmentary fracture to his left tibia back in January, and thus the test was a chance to run the rule over his recovery so far. The reigning FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship champion managed to complete a total of 77 laps over the two days. Although fast times were not the objective for the week, the Spaniard clocked laps in the 1:49.125s and finished 14th overall. This first test of 2022 allowed Holgado and his team to continue to gain experience together.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo now head to Portugal, where the official test in Portimao takes place from February 19th to 21st.
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“Riding again in this test after a long winter break has been positive. It’s been a good start, we are still expecting how everything will go, but despite the injuries, like in Dani [Holgado]’s case, we have completed a great job. Jaume [Masia] is very concentrated and that is important to gain confidence heading into the season. Both riders have completed many laps and have accumulated kilometres, so this will be positive before arriving to the official test in Portimao.”
#5 JAUME MASIA
“I am very happy to get back on the bike after a long winter. We are taking small steps forward, but very firm and important ones for the start of the season. We have had a good pace with the race tyre, which is what is important and what we will take away, above all, from these first two days of testing. We are satisfied. We are looking forward to going to Portimao, and even more so to the first Grand Prix in Qatar.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“I’m very happy to be here. These two days have been positive, because after my injury we didn’t know if we could be here at the Jerez test. This time around the results and times weren’t important, as we focused on improving – especially on the right-hand corners, which is the opposite side to where I had surgery. I want to thank the team because they have done a great job over these two days and I have enjoyed them. We are going to Portimao with a lot of desire to continue working.”