Catalan GP: Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 target fight for top spots


Jose Antonio Rueda and Xabi Zurutuza move on to the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya for Round 6.

The Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya hosts the latest round of the Moto3 World Championship. For the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team, Jose Antonio Rueda and Xabi Zurutuza will work to continue their progress coming into a double header for the series in consecutive weekends, with previous experience of the Spanish track.

Rueda returned to action at the last Grand Prix after missing two races. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was back in form, and was very consistent from the start of the weekend. In the race he fought for the top positions, although in the second half he dropped back before finally finishing seventh. Rueda arrives at the Catalan Grand Prix eager to get back on the podium, where he placed last year for the first time with third place. With 28 points, he occupies twelfth in the standings.

Zurutuza already has experience in Barcelona from his time in other series. After consolidating his progress and getting into Q2 for the first time at the French Grand Prix, he did not have the best feeling and fought to climb positions, finishing just outside the points. At the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya he will try to improve his results, and he currently lies 22nd overall with 3 points.

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 occuppies eighth position in the Team standings, with 34 points. In 2023 Jose Antonio Rueda was on the podium in Barcelona in third position, while in 2016 Brad Binder crossed the finish line second. The Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 11 am local time.

Circuit information – Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Length: 4.6km / 2.8 miles
Width: 12m/39.37ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 1.04km / 0.6 miles
Built: 1991

“This circuit always brings back very good memories for me. I’m really looking forward to getting the weekend underway. We have just had a competitive weekend at Le Mans, with the result that we wanted, so on this occasion we will all work hard to be at the front and fight for the podium again.”

“I am very happy to be at the Catalan Grand Prix. It is a very special GP because it is a circuit that I like a lot. In France we took a big step forward and improved our feeling in general, so we are clearer about how to work and what our strengths are. We will give our best and try to achieve the best possible result.”