Strong start for Dani Holgado at Valencia Grand Prix


Dani Holgado finishes Friday in ninth position, with Jaume Masia 21st.

Red Bull KTM Ajo started the last round of the Moto3 season on Friday. Both Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado are competing at their home circuit this weekend and approached the contest with a lot of motivation. Holgado made it provisionally into Q2 in ninth place, whilst Masia was 21st.

FP1 began with somewhat low temperatures, but the duo were among the Top 10. Holgado was one of the fastest riders at a familiar track, working to find a good setting as he improved his times steadily. After completing 19 laps, he clocked the third best time of the session with a 1:39.683. Masia was very consistent and quickly moved up to fourth, then had to work hard to find a good feeling with his bike. A time of 1:40.545 achieved on his 15th lap of 18 put him nineteenth.

Moto3 FP2 allowed the pair to improve their feeling and look for the best strategy for qualifying. Dani Holgado was once again among the fastest riders and lowered his lap times. He did so again on the final lap and, thanks to his 1:39.671 time, he took ninth place, moving provisionally into Q2. Masia continued working to get comfortable at the track, although whilst he set quicker times than in FP1, he was still unable to place amongst the Top 14. His 1:40.375 put him 21st, meaning he will need to take a step up in order to avoid going into Q1.

Moto3 qualifying for the Valencian Grand Prix will take place on Saturday from 12:35 PM

Results (Combined practice times FP1 – FP2)
1. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:39.467
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:39.488 +0.021
3. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 1:39.533 +0.066
4. Carlos Tatay (CF Moto) 1:39.537 +0.070
5. Diogo Moreira (KTM) 1:39.543 +0.076
9. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:39.671 +0.204
21. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:40.375 +0.908


“Today we worked hard to get a good feeling, although things didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Now it’s time to see what the points to improve for tomorrow are, so that we can go directly into Q2 and get a good position on the grid.”


“I’m very happy with how the day went. I had a very good feeling and I felt very comfortable. Valencia is a circuit that I love and where I do well, so I was looking forward to riding here and being in front of the fans. Tomorrow we will give everything in qualifying and I think we can do well.”