Red Bull KTM Ajo look to continue strong run of results at Mugello25/05/2022
Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado face the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, the eighth round of the 2022 Moto3 World Championship season.
Having completed the first quarter of the 2022 Moto3 World Championship season, Red Bull KTM Ajo head to Mugello this week for the eighth round of the campaign. The Italian GP is the first in a run of back-to-back events, which will take the team from Italy to Barcelona in the space of just two weeks. Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado are motivated after their good performances in recent rounds.
At the French Grand Prix, Masia achieved his second victory of the year, winning a hard-fought race that featured an exciting final lap. He has been on the podium for the past four rounds, showing that he is in formidable form. This week, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider goes to Mugello, a track where he has two rostrum finishes: The first occasion with a third place in 2019, and the second a runner-up spot last year. Currently, Masia is second in the Moto3 World Championship, with 95 points.
Holgado continues to take steps forward in his adaptation to the series, and he accumulated significant experience and kilometers at Le Mans, in a race that he finished in 11th place. In addition, throughout the weekend, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rookie was consistently amongst the fastest riders in every practice. Mugello is a circuit that he knows from his time in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, and where he hopes to continue his development as a World Championship rider. Holgado is in 15th place overall with 28 points.
The 20-lap Moto3 Italian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 11 AM local time. To date Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 have achieved a total of 3 victories at Mugello: with Luis Salom in 2013, Miguel Oliveira in 2015 and Brad Binder in 2016. They also have third place for Sandro Cortese in 2012 and a second position for Jaume Masia in 2021.
Circuit information – Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
Length: 5.245 m / 3.259 miles
Width: 14 m / 45.93 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.141 m / 0.709 miles
#5 JAUME MASIA
“I am very happy with how things went at Le Mans. We had a very good weekend and getting the victory was spectacular and nice. Last year we got a podium in Italy and it is a track that I really like. We will continue working in the same way as at the previous Grands Prix, since we are doing a good job and I am very satisfied. I want to continue doing things this way, approaching the rounds with calm and perseverance together with the team. That is what allows us to achieve the results we have got. I can’t wait to start riding in Italy, although it will be a difficult round to ride alone as slipstreams are very necessary there. I’m looking forward to the race!”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“Things went pretty well at Le Mans. Overall, it was a pretty good weekend as we were up at the front in all of the sessions. We are taking steps forward round after round, we are improving, and that is the important thing. Now we come to a track that I know from my time in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, and where last year I did quite well. It’s a fairly fast circuit and I think that I can adapt quite well with the KTM, although the races there are usually quite difficult since the straight is very long and slipstreams are important. The objectives for this weekend are the same as at the previous GPs: to continue progressing little by little. We’re doing a good job and we’ll do everything we can to try and get a Top 10 finish on Sunday.”