Front row for Holgado at Sachsenring


Dani Holgado will start from third position on the grid. Jaume Masia places eighteenth in Q2

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders took part in qualifying for the German Grand Prix this Saturday. Both Dani Holgado and Jaume Masia went straight into Q2, but the team experienced mixed fortunes – with the former taking third place and the latter finishing 18th despite a crash early on.

The third and final Free Practice session of the weekend saw Holgado and Masia progressively lower their lap times, as they remained firmly in the positions that would take them into Q2. Masia finished FP3 in ninth place, improving on his Friday pace with a time of 1:26.547 and putting in 19 laps. Holgado was twelfth with a 1:26.643. 

The Moto3 riders faced high temperatures for qualifying. Holgado had a great qualifying session, maintained a strong pace and improved lap after lap. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider would top the timesheets at one point, and will finally start in third position thanks to his 1:26.189 time, set on his fifth attempt. The grid position is his second front row start of the season. Masia suffered a crash at Turn 5, at the start of the Q2, which prevented him from fighting for a good position on the grid, leaving him in eighteenth place as he was unable to set a valid Q2 time.

The 27-lap Moto3 German Grand Prix race will take place on Sunday at 11 AM local time.

Results (Qualifying)
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 1:25.869
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:26.164 +0.295
3. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:26.189 +0.320
4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 1:26.299 +0.430
5. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:26.325 +0.456
18. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:26.547


“I had a crash coming out of Turn 5 and I couldn’t set a lap time. It’s a shame because in FP3 I had a very good feeling and we could have had a good qualifying session. We are already thinking about tomorrow’s race and we will give our all to achieve a good result.”


“It was a difficult qualifying session because the track temperature was very high. I’m happy with the work we have done and with the time that we achieved. We are fast and I think we can be fighting with the riders at the front, especially starting from the front row. I want to thank the team for the incredible job they have been doing to get me there.”