Tough qualifying for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 at Silverstone


Holgado will start from the fourth row of the grid, with Masia on Row 7

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders Dani Holgado and Jaume Masia took 12th and 21st on the grid, respectively, in qualifying at a sunny Silverstone on Saturday. The former was one of the quickest riders in FP3, whilst his teammate would miss out on a place in Q2 at the British GP.

Holgado would make the cut for Q2 directly, setting the third best lap of 2:10.966 on his final attempt in FP3, having previously upped his pace from Friday. Masia would not improve his Friday times in FP3 but made steady progress throughout the session. His 2:12.334 time achieved on his last lap put him 23rd, meaning he would have to go into Q1.

The attempt to join in Q2 was unsuccessful for Masia, who was able to set a faster pace in Q1 than in FP3 when riding alone. Despite contesting the higher spots in the session sporadically, could not finish better than seventh. A 2:11.787 puts him 21st on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Contesting his first weekend at Silverstone, Holgado started Q2 strongly, lowering his times lap after lap. He kept up a good pace and on his last lap pushed to move his way up the order. With a time of 2:11.623 after five laps, he will occupy a place on the fourth row of the grid, in twelfth position.

The 17-lap Moto3 British GP will be held on Sunday at 11:20 AM local time.


Results (Qualifying session)
1. Diogo Moreira (KTM) 2:10.951
2. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 2:11.019 +0.068
3. Ryusei Yamanaka (KTM) 2:11.029 +0.078
4. Ricardo Rossi (Honda) 2:11.059 +0.108
5. Stefano Nepa (KTM) 2:11.131 +0.180
12. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:11.623 +0.672
21. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:11.787 (Q1 time)


“The strategy today wasn’t the right one. I rode alone, and maybe we should have used someone else as reference and been part of the group. I’m happy with the feeling we’ve had throughout the weekend. Tomorrow we will give our best to achieve the best result possible in the race.”


“It’s been a very positive day. We lowered my time from yesterday significantly and we have taken a huge step forward. In qualifying we missed out on a good last lap because we were all looking for the same thing. I was able to ride alone a lot and I was 6 tenths off pole, so I’m happy. I’ll take that away from the day, because this circuit is a long one. We have the bike ready to fight for the win tomorrow.”