Masia and Holgado eager to race in front of home crowd at Spanish GP27/04/2022
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo end an intense month of April with a trip to the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit this week for the sixth round of the 2022 campaign.
In the second of two back-to-back rounds, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team will compete this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosts the sixth race of the season, to which Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado arrive with the extra motivation of riding in front of their home fans. Back in February, the pair enjoyed a positive test at the Spanish track, and now they will be able to take advantage of all the data gathered to take a step forward.
Masia will look to continue his good run of results, as after his victory at the Americas Grand Prix he was again on the podium in Portimao, placing second. At the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider had a brilliant race in which he climbed from fifteenth to second place. Masia is third in the overall standings with 54 points.
Holgado continues to adapt to the class and show his potential. The Red Bull KTM Moto3 rookie managed to make it directly into Q2 last weekend, despite tackling rainy conditions. He was eventually unable to finish the race due to a crash with 17 laps to go. He has podium pedigree at Jerez, finishing third in the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship race last year, held at this weekend’s venue. Holgado currently occupies 14th position in the Moto3 World Championship with 16 points.
On Sunday, May 1st, the 22-lap Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix will get underway at 11:00 AM local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team have previously achieved great success in the class at the Andalusian track, with two third places for Sandro Cortese and Brad Binder in 2012 and 2015, respectively, two second positions for Luis Salom and Miguel Oliveira in 2013 and 2015, and victories for Brad Binder in 2016 and Pedro Acosta in 2021.
Circuit information – Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit
Length: 4.423 m / 2.748 miles
Width: 11 metres / 36.09 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 m / 0.377 miles
#5 JAUME MASIA
“I can’t wait to start the weekend. As at previous Grands Prix, the goal is 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.
Knowing that there will be fans in the stands is an added source of motivation for us. It will undoubtedly be an emotional contest, and I am looking forward to it.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“The weekend in Portimao was positive. We started quite well in FP1, where we led the session. On Saturday we had the pace to set a good lap, but we suffered a crash when I was close to the Top 10. We left Portugal having drawn good conclusions and I arrive in Jerez motivated. It is a circuit that I like very much, although it is tricky, since it has some slow corners and some fast ones. I can’t wait to start working with the team and I hope to be able to make up for what happened at Portimao. The aim is to take things little-by-little, without putting pressure on ourselves, and try to improve the setup of the bike, since now I feel better physically, and we will be able to try out many more things. Racing in front of the Spanish fans always gives me extra motivation, so I can’t wait to see the stands full.”