Bittersweet end to Qatar Grand Prix for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3


Jose Antonio Rueda and Vicente Perez both DNF in Lusail despite the good feelings during the weekend. 

The Qatar Grand Prix did not end as expected for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team. After starting from the front row, Jose Antonio Rueda suffered a crash on Lap 2, whilst Vicente Perez also crashed out after fighting for the top positions until the closing laps.

Rueda had been strong all weekend at the Lusail International Circuit, achieving third place on the Moto3 grid. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider got off the line well, maintaining his position and even fighting to move up the order. He briefly led when the front group was still tight, but unfortunately crashed on the second lap, ending his race much earlier than expected and denying him a chance to battle for the victory in Qatar.
Perez made steady progress in the Qatar Grand Prix. The Spanish rider, who started from ninth position, had a very good feeling from the beginning of the race. After maintaining his place on the opening laps. Perez increased the pace and began to get involved in the front group, where there were constant changes in positions. In the final stretch, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider fought to get into the Top 5, but an unexpected crash prevented him from finishing the contest and completing the weekend with a great result.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo will return to action in a fortnight’s time at the Portuguese Grand Prix, from March 22nd-24th.

Race Results
1. David Alonso (CFMoto) 33:19.778
2. ⁠Daniel Holgado (GasGas) + 0.041
3. ⁠Taiyo Furusato (Honda) + 0.143
4. ⁠Ricardo Rossi (KTM) + 0.186
5. ⁠Collin Veijer (Husqvarna) +0.338
DNF Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
DNF Vicente Perez (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2024
1. David Alonso (CFMoto) 25 points
2. Daniel Holgado (GasGas) 20 points
3. Taiyo Furusato (Honda) 16 points
4. ⁠Ricardo Rossi (KTM) 13 points
5. ⁠Collin Veijer (Husqvarna) 11 points
20. Vicente Perez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 0 points
25. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 0 points

Moto3 Teams World Championship Standings 2024
1. CFMoto Aspar Team 30 points
2. Red Bull GasGas Tech3 26 points
3. Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP 20 points
4. Honda Team Asia 16 points
5. CIP Green Power 13 points
NC. Red Bull KTM Ajo 0 points

Aki Ajo – Team Manager:
“We are disappointed about the race, as both of our riders crashed out. In any case, we need to be quite positive about the performances from testing and also here in Qatar. Rueda has shown that he is one of the fastest riders in the class and we are certain that -with a little bit of better luck- we will fight for the top positions with him constantly. Vicente has not been testing so much with us, so considering this, he had a really great weekend, without any big mistakes. Unfortunately he had a crash caused by another rider, but we are looking forward to the second race with him.”


“It was not the end to the Grand Prix that we had hoped for, because the race ended very early for us. I made a mistake at the first corner and I had a crash in which another rider also went down, so I want to apologise for that. We can take away the positive aspects of the weekend, as we have to learn from this and come back stronger in Portimao.”


“It was a good race, in which I managed the tyre well. At the end of the race I had something more to give, so I started to make up positions and I wanted to try to reach the podium spots, but another rider crashed in front of me and I couldn’t finish the race. I want to thank everyone for the work that they have done; they have given everything so that I could be at the front today. Now it’s time to try hard in the next race in Portugal and get a good result.”