Masia fourth in Malaysia and Holgado finishes in the Top 1023/10/2022
Jaume Masia places fourth in Sepang, with Dani Holgado seventh.
The Moto3 Malaysian Grand Prix provided an intense fight in the front group. Jaume Masia finished fourth after fighting for the podium, even leading the race at one point. Dani Holgado remained in the group until finishing in a creditable seventh position.
Masia started the race from the second row of the grid, in fourth. He remained among the frontrunners, amidst a high pace and constant changes of positions, using the moment to take the lead at one point. The podium spots were decided on the final laps, with him moving back in front with 4 laps to go. After an exciting last lap, he crossed the finish line in fourth. With 177 points, he is sixth in the Moto3 overall standings.
Holgado was fifth on the grid. Despite dropping some positions at the start, he was able to recover and pushed to rejoin the fight for the podium. After the midway mark, the group separated and the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider was left behind, although he remained in the Top 10, crossing the finish line in seventh position. He now occupies eleventh in the standings with 97 points and remains in contention for the Rookie of the Year title.
Red Bull KTM Ajo will return to competition at the Valencia Grand Prix, the last round of the season, from November 4-6th.
1. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 38:04.589
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.048
3. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) +0.146
4. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.245
5. Diogo Moreira (KTM) +0.319
7. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +5.817
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 294 points
2. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 241 points
3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 233 points
4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 227 points
5. Deniz Öncü (KTM) 180 points
6. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 177 points
11. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 97 points
Moto3 Teams World Championship Standing 2022
1. Gaviota GasGas Aspar Team 535 points
2. Leopard Racing 361 points
3. Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max 324 points
4. Red Bull KTM Ajo 274 points
5. Red Bull KTM Tech3 221 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“We are very happy with Jaume and Dani’s pace this weekend. The results in the race have been good and we had the opportunity to fight for the victory, but as we already know, in Moto3 you cannot control everything that happens on the last lap. Jaume was very strong throughout the weekend, especially on Sunday. Dani lost some positions in the final stretch of the race, but he finished seventh at a very demanding circuit. We are satisfied and he has shown that he can be up there at the front and achieve very promising results in the future.”
#5 JAUME MASIA
“It was a very tough race. I was able to climb positions from the start and we had to fight a lot in the group. The conditions were not easy at all, but it is a circuit that I am good at and where I have achieved good results on other occasions. I had the chance for a podium until the end, and even to win, but in the end it was not possible. We did a good job with the team this weekend and I’m satisfied. Now there is only the last race left, which is at home, and we have to do our best there.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“It has been a great weekend. We were fast from the start. The race was quite long and hard due to the heat, although we lacked a little more pace, especially at the end of the race. I am lacking experience, although I’m making a lot of progress. We were fast both alone and in the leading group. We will keep working as we have until now. We’re going back home now, and at Valencia we’ll fight for the rookie award.”