Masia and Holgado return to Barcelona for Catalan GP


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders head to the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, where they completed a positive test a month ago.


In the second of two consecutive rounds, Red Bull KTM Ajo move on from Italy to Barcelona for the ninth event of the season: the Catalan Grand Prix. The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit was the scene of a satisfactory two-day test a month ago, and now Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado return to put the information gathered into practice.

Masia had a tough Sunday last time out, as he dropped to the back of the field after an incident with another rider and eventually finished 17th. This did not detract from the good pace that the Red Bull KTM Ajo talent had shown throughout the weekend, however, as he proved to be one of the most consistent riders on the grid. This weekend, Masia is at a familiar track, and he is also currently third in the Moto3 World championship with 95 points.

Holgado qualified on the front row for the first time in Italy, reconfirming his rapid adaptation to Moto3. In the race, he fought in the leading group, but crashed out after another rider fell in front of him. Now the Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie travels to Barcelona, a circuit where he has been on the podium in other series and where last year he won the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship race. Holgado is currently 15th in the overall standings with 28 points.

The Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix race will start at 11 AM local time on Sunday and is scheduled for 21 laps. Red Bull KTM Ajo have previous podiums at the track, thanks to a win for Luis Salom in 2013 and second place finishes for Sandro Cortese in 2012 and Brad Binder in 2016.

Circuit information – Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit

Length: 4.627 m / 2.875 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 1.047 m / 0,650 miles
Constructed: 1991


“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 Barcelona.”


“We’re working really hard with the team and my family to achieve good results, and, for the moment, things are working well. I’m really happy and we have to continue in that way. Now we travel to Barcelona, I like this circuit a lot. It’s a technical track with fast corners and with hard braking. Last year we were fast there, in the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship, and we did a positive test last month. We found a good setup for the bike so now we have a clear idea of what to do and we’re looking forward to starting the weekend. The goal for this round is to finish inside the Top 5, but we don’t have to put pressure on ourselves and we have to continue working step by step.”