Bittersweet season finale for Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado06/11/2022
Holgado finishes the Valencia Grand Prix in tenth position, with Jaume Masia twenty-second.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 faced a demanding race at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Dani Holgado finished in tenth position and Jaume Masia was 22nd after starting from pitlane.
Masia started from pit lane after receiving a penalty for inappropriate behaviour during FP3. The Moto3 rider maintained a consistent pace from the start, trying to catch up with the rest of the field. After climbing several positions, he crossed the finish line in 22nd.
Holgado recovered positions on the opening laps after starting from the fifth row of the grid. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie quickly made it into the pack and tried to stay in the front group, occupying a spot in the Top 10. The high pace forced Holgado to push hard from start to finish. He completed the last race of the year in tenth position.
With these results, Jaume Masia concludes his time with Red Bull KTM Ajo sixth in the overall standings, with 177 points. Dani Holgado finishes tenth with 103 points and fought for the Rookie of the Year award until the last race, despite he couldn’t reach the goal. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team placed fourth in the Team standings with 280 points.
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 38:10.406
2. Deniz Öncü (KTM) +0.062
3. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) +6.557
4. Dennis Foggia (Honda) +14.133
5. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +14.574
10. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +15.440
22. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +36.482
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 319 points
2. Sergio Garcia (GasGas) 257 points
3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 246 points
4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 238 points
5. Deniz Öncü (KTM) 200 points
6. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 177 points
10. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 103 points
Moto3 Teams World Championship Standing 2022
1. Gaviota GasGas Aspar Team 576 points
2. Leopard Racing 376 points
3. Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max 340 points
4. Red Bull KTM Ajo 280 points
5. Red Bull KTM Tech3 251 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It was not the best weekend for us in Moto3. I would say that ahead of this weekend we expected to maybe perform a little bit better here. The positive thing is that Dani finished twelfth and picked up points. In terms of Jaume, after what happened in FP3 with the penalty it was quite tough for him to do anything in the race. Of course, the expectation for today was not too high. I have to say that this season was not a bad one for us in Moto3. At the start of the season we thought that we had the possibility of fighting for the title but , unfortunately, the end of the season was not as successful for us as the beginning. We still have many highlights, like Jaume´s wins and podiums and also Dani’s podium; as a rookie I have to say he made good progress during the season. I want to thank our partners and all the team for working so hard this year”.
#5 JAUME MASIA
“I’m happy with the pace I set. I lacked a bit of speed at the beginning of the race but afterwards the pace was good and I tried to stay focused. I want to thank the team, as we could have fought for fourth place for sure. In the end, these things happen and I will learn from the mistake.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“It was a hard race. We suffered a bit because it was difficult for us with the rear grip, but even so we had a great race in which we learned a lot. Above all, we were able to stay calm in difficult conditions. We tried until the end, and I can take that positive from this year. I want to thank the team for this incredible year. I felt very good with them, I have learned a lot and I thank them for how they have helped me and how they have treated me. I have learned a lot from this one.”