Holgado on front row of the grid in Aragon with Masia on Row 317/09/2022
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will start Sunday’s race third and eighth, respectively.
The MotorLand circuit hosted qualifying for the Aragon Grand Prix on Saturday, and Red Bull KTM Ajo riders Dani Holgado and Jaume Masia both made it directly into Q2. Holgado went on to achieve his fifth front row of the season, whilst Masia will be close behind on Row 3.
Masia pushed hard in the third and final Free Practice of the weekend to make the cut for Q2. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider improved his times and, after stopping in the garage to make adjustments, broke into the Top 10. His 1.57.829 time, set on his tenth lap of 14, earned him ninth place. Holgado improved his times from Friday in the final stretch of FP3 and fought for the top spots. The rookie completed a total of 16 laps, improving steadily along the way. Thanks to his 1:57.829 time, he was third fastest in the morning.
In Q2, Masia set a slightly slower pace, due to the less favourable track conditions in the afternoon. His 1:58.407 best was clocked on his last attempt, and earned him eighth on the grid. Holgado had a very good feeling from the off, and quickly moved into the Top 3, even leading the standings at one stage. On his second lap he achieved his best time, a 1:58.037, which put him third on the grid and on the front row for the third race in succession.
The 19-lap Moto3 Aragon Grand Prix race will take place on Sunday at 11am local time.
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 1:57.868
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 1:57.963 +0.095
3. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.037 +0.169
4. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:58.271 +0.403
5. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 1:58.296 +0.428
8. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.407 +0.539
#5 JAUME MASIA
“I’m happy with qualifying. After the way we started the weekend yesterday, we managed to salvage the situation and will start from the third row tomorrow. I want to thank the team for their hard work, and Dani for giving me a hand today. Tomorrow we’ll go out and give it our all, to try to do my best in the race.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“Starting from the front row tomorrow is a great result. The team and I have done a good job on the bike throughout the weekend to achieve this. We are strong enough to fight for the podium and for the win at a circuit that is not easy. We have confidence in ourselves and we’ll go for it.”