Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 to start from second row of the grid at Sepang


Jaume Masia will be fourth and Dani Holgado fifth.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo took part in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix this Saturday, with both riders going into Q2. Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado will start from fourth and fifth, respectively, at Sepang.

Saturday morning began with the third Free Practice, in which there were still damp parts of the track conditions. Masia and Holgado went into FP3 looking to ensure a direct move into Q2. Masia worked hard to find a good feeling over a total of 8 laps, he finished in sixth position with a time of 2:12.882, achieved on his last attempt -seventh overall. Holgado followed the same plan as on Friday and improved his times, placing ninth thanks to a time of 2:13.111. He finished thirteenth on the timesheets and made his way into Q2.

Both riders took advantage of one last opportunity in the final minutes of Q2 to claim a top time, in a highly competitive chase for optimal grid spots. Masia set the fourth fastest lap of the session thanks to his 2:11.751 final attempt, whilst Holgado was fifth with a 2:11.836. Both will start from the second row of the grid.

The 17-lap Moto3 Malaysian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 12 PM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 2:11.411
2. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 2:11.635 +0.224
3. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 2:11.674 +0.263
4. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:11.751 +0.340
5. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:11.836 +0.425


“I am happy with the work we have done today. I want to thank the team for their work and for how the day ended. We will start from fourth position, although I fought until the end for the front row. It wasn’t to be, but tomorrow we will give our all in the race, which is sure to be very hard and demanding.”


“We have taken another step forward in terms of feeling on the bike. I didn’t have a lot of confidence but in FP3 we worked to solve that and we went straight into Q2. In qualifying we managed to set a good time and we start from the second row, so it’s not a bad position. Tomorrow will be a tough race and we will have to be at the front to try to fight for the podium.”