Second and fifth for Masia and Holgado at Misano04/09/2022
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider takes a podium finish in the San Marino Grand Prix
The San Marino Grand Prix saw Jaume Masia fight back from eleventh on the grid to place second, earning his sixth podium of the season. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 teammate Dani Holgado fought for the rostrum until the final laps, taking the chequered flag in fifth.
Masia had work to do from the fourth row of the grid, but set a fast pace to climb up the order, lap after lap. By Lap 5, he was already up into the Top 5, and past the midway point he waited patiently behind his teammate as they pushed for the podium. In the closing moments, a series of overtaking moves and a stellar last lap saw Masia clinch second place.
Holgado was on the front row of the grid for the fourth time this season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider dropped places on the opening corners, although he quickly regained second place. He settled into third after the initial ten laps, carefully managing the gap to the frontrunners. Remaining part of the group, he would eventually claim fifth at the San Marino GP.
Masia is fourth in the overall standings with 147 points. Holgado is tenth with 67 points. Next up is the Aragon Grand Prix, held from September 15-18th at MotorLand Aragon.
1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 39.21.864
2. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.737 +0.289
3. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 1:41.887 +0.334
4. Deniz Öncü (KTM) 1:41.935 +0.453
5. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.784 +4.955
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 204 points
2. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 193 points
3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 169 points
4. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 147 points
5. Deniz Öncü (KTM) 140 points
10. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 67 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“I am very happy with the performance of our riders today. Misano is a circuit where the home riders are very fast, and it is also a very technical track. Both finished in the Top 5, and which is very good. Jaume rode a very intelligent race, without taking risks and attacking at the right time. This second place gives him more confidence and he even fought for the victory. It gives extra motivation to fight at the coming races. Dani had a good race. He lost some positions at the end but it’s part of him learning as a rookie. He can understand what he needs to be ahead in the final stretch and fight for the victory in the future.”
#5 JAUME MASIA
“It was a very tough race. We started from the fourth row, but we were able to manage the race well and climb positions. This result was important, because it allows us to go to Aragon very motivated. Thanks to the team for all their work this weekend; next time we will be racing at home and we will fight for another result like this.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“It’s been a positive weekend. We started quite well, although the first day did not go as we had hoped. We were able to solve the problem and I’m very happy. Getting on the front row yesterday was important and today we were in the podium positions for almost the entire race, which is what I will take away from today. Both the team and I are hungry for more after all the work we’re doing, so at MotorLand we have another chance to take that step.”