Sunday without reward for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 in Thailand02/10/2022
Jaume Masia finishes eighth, with Dani Holgado eleventh.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo took part in the Thailand Grand Prix on Sunday, with Jaume Masia fighting in the lead group and finishing in eighth place and Dani Holgado in the Top 10 throughout the race before placing eleventh.
Masia started from the front row of the grid and was chasing a good result having been one of the fastest riders in the morning warmup. He lost several places off the start, although he remained in the front group. As a high pace was run from the get-go, he fought to not allow the leading riders to break away. Masia gave it his best and on the last lap battled to stay in the Top 10, taking the checkered flag eighth. He is fifth in the overall standings with 163 points.
Holgado faced a demanding contest at the Chang International Circuit. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie was in the second group after dropping places off the line. He worked hard to stay in the Top 10 in his first race at the Thai track. After the midway point of the race, he was left out of the group and completed the race alone in eleventh position. With 88 points, he is ninth in the overall standings and remains the best rookie in the class.
The Australian Grand Prix will be the next round on the calendar, held at Phillip Island from October 13-16th.
1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 37:52.331
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +1.524
3. Ricardo Rossi (KTM) +2.804
4. Stefano Nepa (KTM) +9.414
5. Izan Guevara (GasGas) +9.527
8. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +10.033
11. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +14.571
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 265 points
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 216 points
3. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 209 points
4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 194 points
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 163 points
9. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 88 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Today was a challenging day. The weather conditions affected the weekend and the riders weren’t able to ride much in the dry before the race. However, the grid positions were good. Jaume and Dani didn’t have their best race in their quest for a place on the podium. We are happy that they have scored points and that both of them finished the race. Now it’s time to focus on Australia and go there with confidence.”
#5 JAUME MASIA
“We were in a good position at the start, but I lost some places at the beginning that kept me in the group and I couldn’t break away. I gave it my best until the last lap in a difficult race. Now we have a week off, and then we travel to Australia for another race.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“It was a difficult race for me. I suffered a lot because I didn’t have a good feeling. We were fast throughout the weekend, although today we didn’t choose the best setup. Things don’t always go our way, and today we made a mistake from which we have to learn. It helps me to go to Australia with more motivation and show that we can fight for victories in the final races of the year.”