Front row for Jaume Masia at the Spanish GP30/04/2022
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 talent will start the sixth round of the 2022 season from third position, with Dani Holgado 19th.
The starting grid for the Moto3 Spanish GP at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit was set on Saturday in qualifying, with Jaume Masia once again proving to be one of the riders with the best pace this weekend. The Spaniard took a spot on the front row of the grid, in third position, for tomorrow’s race. On Row 7 will be his teammate, Dani Holgado, who finished the day in 19th place.
FP3 was held in dry conditions and with an ambient temperature of 15ºC. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo started the day well, as both riders lowered their times from Friday. Masia had the same good feeling as the previous day, leading the session at several points before setting a personal best of 1:46.145 for seventh place, having completed 15 laps. Holgado continued to take steps forward, trying to understand the demands of the track. The rookie finished 19th after stopping the clock at 1:47.018, on his ninth lap of 16.
Masia went straight through to Q2, in which he set a great last lap of 1:46.051, qualifying third on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix. Whilst he will take off from the front row, Holgado will be on Row 7. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie had to go through Q1, in which he finished fifth with a time of 1:47.486. As a result, he will start from 19th.
The Moto3 Spanish GP race takes place over 22 laps on Sunday, from 11 AM local time.
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 1:45.880
2. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 1:46.004 +0.124
3. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.051 +0.171
4. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:46.170 +0.290
5. Deniz Öncü (KTM) 1:46.214 +0.334
19. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:47.486 (Q1 time)
#5 JAUME MASIA
“I’m happy with today’s qualifying. Starting on the front row of the grid is always positive for the race, and even more so if it’s in front of the home fans. I’m satisfied with the work done and we are clear about things for the race. Tomorrow we will fight for the top positions and we will try to put on a good show for the fans.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“Today we have taken a big step forward compared to yesterday. We have improved on the bike and we are close to the front. Q1 didn’t go as we expected; we tried to put together a fast lap, but it didn’t go well. It’s time to learn from today; there is still a lot to learn and this is a good thing for us. I’m very motivated for tomorrow and keen to have a great race at my first Spanish Grand Prix.”