Holgado takes first podium and Masia finishes in Top 10 at Aragon GP18/09/2022
Dani Holgado places third in the race, while Jaume Masia is eighth.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders experienced a demanding race at the Aragon Grand Prix, ending with Dani Holgado taking a first Moto3 World Championship podium by crossing the finish line third, and Jaume Masia earning eighth place.
Holgado held his third position on the grid on the opening laps, and rode intelligently to stick with the front group. Pushing hard, he was able to establish enough of a gap over his rivals to achieve his first podium finish in the Moto3 World Championship. With 83 points, he is now ninth in the overall standings.
Masia started the Aragon Grand Prix from the third row. He maintained his position and remained within a large group as he matched the high pace of those around him. Involved in constant exchanges of positions in a battle for the Top 5, he took the chequered flag eighth. The Spaniard now occupies fifth place in the Moto3 standings with 155 points.
The next round of the season, the Japanese Grand Prix, takes place at Motegi from September 22th-25th.
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 37:29.944
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.957
3. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +6.536
4. Deniz Öncü (KTM) +12.906
5. Adrian Fernandez (KTM) +16.695
8. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +16.961
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 229 points
2. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 196 points
3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 171 points
4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 158 points
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 155 points
9. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 83 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Dani had an excellent race. We have to remember that he is a rookie, but in recent races he has not seemed like one. The work he is doing has shown that he has a lot of potential, and also that he works in a very professional way. I want to thank the whole team for their work. Jaume’s race wasn’t like we expected. He was in the second group and there was a lot of fighting, which helped the front group to escape. He didn’t have the pace to catch them up this time, but I’m sure that in Japan he will.”
#5 JAUME MASIA
“It was a very difficult race. We worked hard this weekend and yesterday in QP we were able to salvage the situation and start from the third row. The pace of the race was very high and we fought hard to stay at the front. In the end we finished in the Top 10; it’s time to keep improving and do even better next week in Japan.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“I’m very happy to have achieved my first podium in Moto3. It was a tough race, with a very high pace. Until halfway through the race I was even thinking about the win, but this result was so important that I didn’t want to go overboard with the risks I took. The team also deserve it because we are working very well. Japan will be a new circuit for me, but we will be very motivated and want to do well.”