Red Bull KTM Ajo look to take step forward on race day at Indonesian GP


Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado will start the first ever contest at the Mandalika International Circuit from the fourth and seventh rows of the grid, respectively.


Saturday at the Indonesian Grand Prix was affected by heavy rain that fell in the morning at the Mandalika International Circuit. Despite the delicate track conditions, Jaume Masia went directly into Q2 thanks to his Friday time, eventually qualifying in 11th position, and he will start tomorrow’s race from the fourth row of the grid. Dani Holgado has to go into Q1, a session in which he secured 19th place, earning a spot on Row 7.

The final Free Practice was held in wet conditions, and rain was present at the Indonesian track until halfway through. Holgado was one of the frontrunners throughout the morning, finally finishing 10th with a time of 1:49.172, achieved on his 14th of a total of 16 laps. Masia also put in a solid performance, placing 13th after stopping the clock at 1:49.387. The Spaniard completed 17 laps of the Mandalika International Circuit in that session.

In the afternoon, Masia went directly into Q2. In that session, the Spaniard earned 11th place after setting a 1:42.391 and will start Sunday’s contest from Row 4. Holgado had to go through Q1, a session in which he finished fifth with a time of 1:42.973. With this result, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rookie qualified in 19th position on the starting grid for the Indonesian GP.

For the first time in history, the 23-lap Moto3 Indonesian Grand Prix gets underway at 12 PM local time on Sunday.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Carlos Tatay (CFMOTO) 1:41.232
2. Diogo Moreira (KTM) 1:41.315 +0.083
3. Mario Aji (Honda) 1:41.567 +0.335
4. Xavier Artigas (CFMOTO) 1:41.585 +0.353
5. Andrea Migno (Honda) 1:41.594 +0.362
11. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.391 +1.159
19. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.973 (Q1 Time)



“The feeling is very good. It’s a shame that we couldn’t make good on it in the qualifying session, but the important thing is that we feel prepared to face tomorrow’s race. I am really looking forward to starting the first ever contest at this circuit. We will have to see what weather conditions we get on Sunday but, regardless of whether it is dry or wet, we will give one hundred percent to try to complete a great performance.”


“It’s been a strange day. In the FP3 the track was in quite delicate condition, since it rained a lot. Nevertheless, we managed to control the situation and finish in 10th position, which, considering the conditions, is ok. Q1 didn’t go as we expected, but it wasn’t all that bad either. The important thing is that we feel confident, since in Moto3 starting at the front or in the middle of the grid doesn’t affect things much either; normally, we see races run in a group. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s contest. Finally, I want to thank the team for all the work they are doing this weekend.”