French GP: the next challenge for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto311/05/2022
Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado will compete in the seventh round of the 2022 season this weekend at the iconic Le Mans circuit.
The Moto3 World Championship travels from the south of Spain to France this weekend, as the legendary Le Mans track hosts the seventh round of the 2022 season: the French Grand Prix. After the two-day private test that the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo completed last week in Barcelona, Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado are well prepared for this latest challenge on the calendar.
At the last Grand Prix, Masia showed that he is in good form, taking his third consecutive podium of the 2022 season. The Spaniard finished third in a hard-fought race, fighting for the victory until the final corner. He arrives at Le Mans highly motivated and familiar with the circuit. Masia is in fourth position in the overall standings, with 70 points.
Holgado continues to take giant steps in adapting to Moto3. At the Spanish Grand Prix, he finished in a solid ninth place, climbing ten positions in the race and taking on some of the most experienced riders in the class. This weekend, he will have to face a new challenge at the French track, where he hopes to continue making progress. Holgado currently occupies 15th place in the Moto3 World Championship, with 23 points.
The Moto3 French Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, May 15th at 11 AM local time, and is scheduled for 22 laps. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 have won twice at Le Mans, with Jack Miller in 2014 and Brad Binder in 2016. In addition, Luis Salom took third place there in 2013.
Circuit information – Le Mans Circuit
Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 m / 0.418 miles
#5 JAUME MASIA
“We come to France after the Montmelo test, in which we were able to try out many things and draw conclusions that are sure to serve us for the upcoming rounds. I really like Le Mans and I really enjoy riding there. The weather will be a key factor, since it is usually intermittent rain that stops and starts several times throughout the day. We must be prepared for any situation. Once again, we will give one hundred percent from the first practice session, to arrive strong for Sunday’s race.
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“Last week we completed a very positive two-day test in Barcelona. We did several tests on the bike and it was good to be able to rack up more kilometres and continue to get to know the new machine. Le Mans is a fairly narrow track but I like it a lot and, when I rode there in 2019, I went well there. I can’t wait to get back there. In France the weather is usually quite changeable, although this weekend it looks like it will be sunny and we will have warm temperatures. The objective for this round is to continue taking steps forward and improve, lap after lap, since at Jerez we lacked that little bit extra to be able to compete with those at the front at the end of the race. We will work hard to achieve our goals and have a good weekend.”