Fernandez storms to French GP win

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider takes a hard-fought first win of the year at Le Mans, as Pedro Acosta crashes out when leading the race.

 

Augusto Fernandez opened his win account for the 2022 Moto2 World Championship season with victory at the French Grand Prix, on a great day for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider. The Spaniard also took his fourth victory of his career to date. The battle for glory also involved teammate Pedro Acosta, who led through to Lap 12 before crashing out.

Fernandez made a good start from the front row of the grid, going from third position to second at the opening corner. He broke away with Acosta at the front, leaving the rest of the field in their wake. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider maintained his pace, and when Acosta fell on Lap 12, Fernandez was able to ride alone through to the chequered flag. The win was the fourth of his career to date, with all of them having come in Moto2.

Starting from the pole position for the first time in Moto2, Acosta took advantage of the position by taking the holeshot. Pushing to the maximum, only his teammate was able to follow him, as they managed to escape from the rest of the pack. Acosta held his lead firmly until, unfortunately, going through Turn 5 on Lap 12, he crashed out of the race.

Fernandez is fifth in the overall standings with 69 points. Acosta is 17th with 20. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will be back in action in two weeks’ time, at the Italian Grand Prix from May 27-29th.

Results (Moto2 Race)

1. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 40:31.726
2. Aron Canet (Kalex) +3.746
3. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) +4.628
4. Cameron Beaubier (Kalex) +4.745
5. Ai Ogura (Kalex) +10.631
DNF. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2022

1. Celestino Vietti (Kalex) 108 points
2. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 92 points
3. Aron Canet (Kalex) 89 points
4. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 70 points
5. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 69 points
17. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 20 points

Aki Ajo – Team Manager

“I am very happy with the improvement made in recent weeks by the whole team, and especially our riders. It has been a tough start to the season, but the team have remained calm and worked hard, whilst the riders have maintained their confidence. This is more important to me than the victories or the podiums. I think this win will be very important for Augusto’s confidence, since it will take away some of the pressure that he has put on himself since the beginning of the year. This shows that he has speed, experience and that he can fight in every race. Pedro continues with his learning process and this weekend he was fast. The mistake in the race is part of the process, and these are necessary moments. I know that he will continue to work well, and with him being so young I am convinced that he will win races in this class as well.”

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I am very happy to have won again. It’s incredible. It was a very tough race, with the amount of time in which I was riding alone. At the beginning, when I was with Pedro, both pushing each other, it was somewhat easier, because we were riding at a very fast pace. When he crashed and I saw how far I was from the chasing group, I lost my concentration a little, as I didn’t know if he was pushing too hard for the track conditions. When I saw that those behind me were running 1:37s, I started to match their times. I had to make a great effort not to make a mistake. It was a long race for me but we took things lap-by-lap and we finally made it. I am very satisfied with this result, and it has been a good weekend for us. We will go for more at Mugello.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“It was a shame to finish the race like this, but it was the first weekend that we were really competitive. We had four tough races before this one, and here we led practice and were always at the front. That is what I will take away from this weekend. We are making progress in our adaptation, and in Italy we will continue to work and make every effort to take further steps forward.”

 

Masterful victory for Jaume Masia at the French Grand Prix

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider gets his second victory of 2022 at Le Mans, as Dani Holgado finishes 11th.

 

Jaume Masia continued his formidable form with victory at the French Grand Prix, his second win of the year and the sixth of his career to date. The result also extends his run of podium finishes to four contests. Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Dani Holgado ended a solid showing in the 11th position, as the riders had to contend with a restart following a red flag on Lap 2 due to rain.

Before the red flag, Masia had enjoyed a good start to the race, beginning from the front row of the grid and riding with the leading group. The Spaniard took the second start from third place once again, following the original qualifying order, and pushed hard from the get-go. On Lap 4, he moved into the lead and tried to open a small gap over the large chasing group. However, his rivals hunted him down again and he began an intense fight for the victory until the final lap. Masia emerged on top and claimed the win.

Holgado was putting in a good performance before the red flag, but went down at Turn 2 of Lap 2 after contact with another rider. Fortunately, he was able to take the restart, again on the fifth row of the grid in 14th. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rookie joined a large leading group, matching the lap times of the leader. Holgado remained firm in the shortened 14-lap contest, testing himself against some of the most experienced riders in the class. Finally, he took the chequered flag in 11th.

Masia is second in the Moto3 World Championship with 95 points. Dani Holgado is 15th with 28. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo will now enjoy a week off before heading to the next round on the calendar, the Italian Grand Prix, from May 27-29th.

Results (Moto3 Race)

1. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 24:04.119
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.150
3. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) +0.220
4. Dennis Foggia (Honda) +0.322
5. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) +0.529
11. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +3.025

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2022

1. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 112 points
2. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 95 points
3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 95 points
4. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 89 points
5. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 75 points
15. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 28 points

Aki Ajo – Team Manager

“It was really a beautiful and, personally, emotional race. Jaume did a mental step at the end of last year and, especially, in the last few months, and this is something that always makes us happy and very emotional. The step he has taken, how he believes in himself and how he’s working with calm now is very impressive, compared to the difficult start last year and the middle of last season. It’s leaves me speechless. It’s a special moment. Dani also had a good, consistent race. It’s his rookie year, so I’m really happy about the consistency he has shown. All of us we know that, when he gains more experience, he’ll be one of the riders who regularly fights for the podium in the future.”

#5 JAUME MASIA

“I’m very happy with how everything went today. I feel very good with the team and with the bike, we are working very hard and we are reaping the benefits of that. We have to continue in the same way, push as we have been doing and enjoy ourselves. I am looking forward to continuing to progress at the next few races. Today’s contest was a bit tough, since managing nerves after a red flag, and not knowing if the track was wet or not, is not easy. In the end, luck was on our side and the move turned out well for us.”

#96 DANI HOLGADO

“It has been a very positive weekend, as we have been fast from the start. It was a very quick contest and shorter than normal, due to the red flag. I’m happy because we set a great pace in all every session and we’ve been consistent, and almost always in the Top 10. We have to try to continue like this, take further steps forward and learn. We have to improve a bit in the races, especially on the last laps, in order to be able to be up at the front. Both the team and I continue to work hard, and I’m sure there will be good results in the future.”

Acosta claims first pole position in Moto2 at Le Mans

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider qualifies first for the French GP grid, with Augusto Fernandez in an excellent third position.

 

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 shone in qualifying for the French Grand Prix held today at Le Mans, with both of their riders on the front row of the grid. Pedro Acosta was a step above the rest of the field on Saturday, going fastest in Free Practice and claiming the pole position – the first one for him in the intermediate class. Augusto Fernandez, who was also very strong, placed third and tomorrow he’ll join his teammate on the first row of the grid.

The day started well for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo. Both were able to improve on their times from Friday in FP3. Confirming their good feeling from the previous day, they topped the timesheets in the session. Acosta was the only rider to break the 1:36 barrier, taking the top spot thanks to a time of 1:35.861. The Spaniard completed 19 laps in the runout, to his teammate’s 20. Fernandez finished in a fantastic second position after stopping the clock at 1:36.005.

In the afternoon, the two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders entered Q2 directly. Acosta once again dazzled, achieving his first pole position in the Moto2 class thanks to a time of 1:35.803. It is the second pole of his career to date, and puts him alongside his teammate on the front row. Fernandez was third after posting a personal best of 1:35.963.

The Moto2 French Grand Prix takes place on Sunday at 12:20 PM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)

1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:35.803
2. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:35.921 +0.118
3. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:35.963 +0.160
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:36.071 +0.268
5. Albert Arenas (Kalex) 1:36.088 +0.285

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I’m very happy because today’s objective was to have a good qualifying session, and we did that. All weekend we have shown great pace, but we needed to finish it off with a great position on the grid since, in the last few races, the start has hindered the race for us. We are happy to have achieved our goal today, and tomorrow we will try to finish the weekend with a positive result. I feel good and I’m ready for it.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“I’m very happy to have achieved my first pole position in Moto2. From Austin onwards we have been working very well, we have put many hours into this and we believed that it was going to come. I have had people by my side who have helped me a lot. Tomorrow it will be important to remain as calm as we are now. It will be necessary to see if it rains or not in the end, but regardless of this, we will give everything we have. Overall, it’s been a great weekend for us so far.”

 

Masia to fight at the French Grand Prix from the front row of the grid

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider qualifies third at Le Mans, with Holgado 14th.

 

The starting grid for the French Grand Prix was set at Le Mans this Saturday in qualifying, with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders continuing with their good feeling at the track and moving straight into Q2, after improving their Friday’s times in the FP3. Jaume Masia took third position and he’ll start tomorrow’s race from the first row, with Dani Holgado qualifying on the Row 5, in 14th place.

In the morning, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo took part in the third and final Free Practice session of the weekend. In it, both took a big step forward compared to Friday, lowering their lap times. Masia was very competitive and occupied the top positions from the start of FP3, even leading the way at times. He eventually finished in fifth position after stopping the clock at 1:42.113, on his 15th out of 18 attempts. Holgado was eighth in FP3 with a time of 1:42.178, having put in 17 laps.

In the afternoon, the pair went directly into Q2 thanks to their good work in practice. Masia took advantage of the opportunity and qualified in third position, after achieving his personal best of the weekend: a 1:41.778. With this result he earned a place on the front row of the grid. On the fifth row will be Holgado, who was 14th thanks to a 1:42.439 lap.

The Moto3 French Grand Prix race, scheduled for 22 laps, will take place on Sunday at 11 AM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)

1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:41.621
2. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:41.772 +0.151
3. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.778 +0.157
4. Diogo Moreira (KTM) 1:41.879 +0.258
5. Carlos Tatay (CFMoto) 1:41.961 +0.340
14. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.439 +0.818

#5 JAUME MASIA

“I’m happy with the way things went today. We took a big step forward in Q2, and we were able to qualify with a positive spot on the front row of the grid. I want to thank the team for their collaboration and effort. Tomorrow’s race is sure to be a fast one, but the important thing is that we are strong and that we are competitive at several parts of the circuit. We will give one hundred percent to fight for a good result.”

#96 DANI HOLGADO

“It has been a very good day for us, as we have taken a step forward in terms of our pace and lap times. We lacked a bit of explosiveness in the Q2, to qualify higher up the grid. Even so, we have done a great job, since we rode alone in the final part of the session and were able to be competitive all the same. I take away a positive feeling after how things went today. I want to thank the team because they have done a great job to get the bike ready. We are ready for tomorrow.”

Acosta and Fernandez in top form at start of French Grand Prix

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo finish second and third, respectively, on the combined FP1 and FP2 standings.

 

The French Grand Prix at Le Mans began this Friday with the first two Free Practice sessions of the weekend. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talents were two of the fastest riders of the day: Pedro Acosta was second overall, after leading the afternoon practice, whilst Augusto Fernandez achieved a positive third place. With these results, the two riders are provisionally through to Q2.

FP1 took place in dry conditions and with optimal temperatures. Fernandez started Friday well, topping the timesheets at times. He eventually placed second thanks to a time of 1:36.263, set on his 14th lap of 18. Acosta had his first experience on the French track aboard a Moto2 bike, and made a quick adaptation. The reigning Moto3 World Champion was ninth with a 1:36.754, set on his 17th attempt out of a total of 19.

In the afternoon, the duo carried over their good feeling from the morning. Acosta took a leap forward and was the fastest rider in FP2, with a 1:36.166. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent put in 20 further laps, compared to 16 by his teammate. Fernandez once again proved to be one of the strongest riders, finishing third after stopping the clock at 1:36.394.

Fernandez and Acosta will use the last Free Practice session of the weekend to fine-tune the setup of their bikes, before fighting for pole position. In the afternoon, Moto2 Q1 will get underway at 3:15 PM local time, followed by Q2 at 3:35 PM.

Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)
1. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) 1:36.108
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.166 +0.058
3. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.263 +0.155
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:36.403 +0.295
5. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 1:36.517 +0.409

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I’m happy with how the day went. In FP1 I felt good and in the afternoon we made a small change to the bike that allowed us to take another step forward. I’m satisfied with the work we have done today, although we cannot relax and we have to keep on working. Tomorrow we will look to improve our times a little, on both the hard and soft tyres.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“This first day at Le Mans went quite well. Today we focused on ourselves, on feeling good, and I think we have found the way forward. It will be important to secure a place in Q2 tomorrow, so we will work hard to make that happen. At the same time, we have to be careful because there have been quite a few crashes. We will try to have a great qualifying run and ensure a good position on the grid, which will make it easier for us at the start of the race on Sunday.”

 

Solid performance by Red Bull KTM Ajo on opening day of French GP

Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado complete the first two Free Practice sessions of the weekend at Le Mans and take provisional spots in Q2.

 

Le Mans track hosted the opening day of the French Grand Prix on Friday, kicking off Round 7 of the 2022 Moto3 World Championship. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders enjoyed dry conditions, albeit with somewhat low temperatures. In the overall standings for FP1 and FP2, Jaume Masia was fifth, with teammate Dani Holgado in 11th. With these results, the duo took provisional spots in tomorrow’s Q2.

The day started well for the pair. Masia was very competitive and consistent from the get-go, and momentarily led the way in FP1. Finally, the Spaniard finished in sixth position after stopping the clock at 1:42.615, on his 16th lap of 17. Holgado had his first experience with his KTM at Le Mans, in a session that he concluded in eighth place. The rookie racked up 17 laps and his best time was a 1:42.733 on his last attempt.

In the afternoon, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo had a 40-minute FP2 session. Due to a considerable number of crashes early on, both riders approached the first half of the runout with caution. In the final stages, Masia lowered his morning time with a 1:42.348 on his 15th attempt out of 17. He finished fifth, whilst Holgado was 12th with a 1:42.843 after 17 laps of the French track.

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 will have one last chance to fine-tune the setup of their KTM bikes before the fight for pole position on Saturday. Moto3 Q1 will start at 12:35 PM local time, followed by Q2 at 1 PM.

Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)

1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:41.680
2. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 1:42.108 +0.428
3. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:42.203 +0.523
4. Carlos Tatay (CFMoto) 1:42.326 +0.646
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.348 +0.668
11. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.733 +1.053

#5 JAUME MASIA

“Overall, the day went well, and I’m happy with how things are going so far. We still have things to do and we have to take small steps forward but, for the first day of work at Le Mans, it’s been very good. I really want to keep pushing tomorrow and, above all, I’m looking forward to Sunday and enjoying a great race.”

#96 DANI HOLGADO

“It’s been a pretty positive day, as we were confident from the start of the weekend and that was our goal coming here, after what happened at Jerez and Portimao. The two practices that we had today were productive both for me and for the team, and we have found a good setup that is sure to help us for the race. We must continue working in the same way. We feel ready to face qualifying tomorrow.”

 

Fernandez and Acosta in search of success at Le Mans

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 face the seventh round of the 2022 season, taking place at the historic Le Mans circuit.

 

The historic Le Mans circuit welcomes the Moto2 World Championship this weekend for the French Grand Prix. Red Bull KTM Ajo face the seventh round of the 2022 season with great motivation and expectations, following a productive private test for Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta last week at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

Fernandez had a good weekend at Jerez, capped by a fourth place in the race. The Spaniard proved, once again, that he is in a formidable run of form, and was one of the most competitive riders of the Grand Prix. Coming into the visit to Le Mans, a track where he was on the podium with a third place in 2019, he is ninth in the overall standings, with 44 points.

At the Spanish Grand Prix, Acosta enjoyed one of his most solid performances so far this season, being competitive and consistent in every practice session. However, the current Moto3 World Champion’s progress was cut short in the race when, after contact with another rider, he crashed on Lap 2. The Spaniard re-joined the contest and eventually finished 20th. This weekend, Acosta faces the new challenge of the French GP, where he will try to continue progressing and learning together with his team. Acosta currently occupies 15th place in the Moto2 World Championship, with 20 points.

The 25-lap Moto2 French Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday, May 15th, at 12:20 PM local time.

Circuit information – Le Mans Circuit
Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 m / 0.418 miles
Constructed: 1965

 

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“We had a positive round in Jerez, taking fourth place after starting from ninth. More than the position, what I take from it is the pace that we showed in the race, and that we were competitive until the end. We got our feeling back after a couple of complicated Grands Prix. Also, last week we completed a two-day test in Barcelona, where we took new steps forward and found some interesting things. Now we go to Le Mans, a circuit that I really like, where I’ve always been fast. In my first experience there, I got on the podium. I really want to fight for the top positions again. The weather is always unknown at this circuit, so we’ll see what conditions we find, although we hope it won’t rain much. However it is, our objective is once again to be at the front, qualify well and have a positive weekend.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“We want to make amends for last week’s misfortune in Jerez. For this Grand Prix, the objective will be to continue progressing and taking steps forward in our adaptation to the class. We will work hard with the team to achieve our goals and have a good weekend. As always, we will try to enjoy ourselves every time we go out.”

French GP: the next challenge for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3

Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado will compete in the seventh round of the 2022 season this weekend at the iconic Le Mans circuit.

 

The Moto3 World Championship travels from the south of Spain to France this weekend, as the legendary Le Mans track hosts the seventh round of the 2022 season: the French Grand Prix. After the two-day private test that the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo completed last week in Barcelona, Jaume Masia and Dani Holgado are well prepared for this latest challenge on the calendar.

At the last Grand Prix, Masia showed that he is in good form, taking his third consecutive podium of the 2022 season. The Spaniard finished third in a hard-fought race, fighting for the victory until the final corner. He arrives at Le Mans highly motivated and familiar with the circuit. Masia is in fourth position in the overall standings, with 70 points.

Holgado continues to take giant steps in adapting to Moto3. At the Spanish Grand Prix, he finished in a solid ninth place, climbing ten positions in the race and taking on some of the most experienced riders in the class. This weekend, he will have to face a new challenge at the French track, where he hopes to continue making progress. Holgado currently occupies 15th place in the Moto3 World Championship, with 23 points.

The Moto3 French Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, May 15th at 11 AM local time, and is scheduled for 22 laps. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 have won twice at Le Mans, with Jack Miller in 2014 and Brad Binder in 2016. In addition, Luis Salom took third place there in 2013.

Circuit information – Le Mans Circuit
Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 m / 0.418 miles
Constructed: 1965

 

#5 JAUME MASIA

“We come to France after the Montmelo test, in which we were able to try out many things and draw conclusions that are sure to serve us for the upcoming rounds. I really like Le Mans and I really enjoy riding there. The weather will be a key factor, since it is usually intermittent rain that stops and starts several times throughout the day. We must be prepared for any situation. Once again, we will give one hundred percent from the first practice session, to arrive strong for Sunday’s race.

#96 DANI HOLGADO

“Last week we completed a very positive two-day test in Barcelona. We did several tests on the bike and it was good to be able to rack up more kilometres and continue to get to know the new machine. Le Mans is a fairly narrow track but I like it a lot and, when I rode there in 2019, I went well there. I can’t wait to get back there. In France the weather is usually quite changeable, although this weekend it looks like it will be sunny and we will have warm temperatures. The objective for this round is to continue taking steps forward and improve, lap after lap, since at Jerez we lacked that little bit extra to be able to compete with those at the front at the end of the race. We will work hard to achieve our goals and have a good weekend.”

 

 

Gruelling race for Fernandez in Spanish Grand Prix

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider finishes in a creditable fourth position, in a hard contest due to high temperatures. Acosta places 20th despite suffering a crash.

 

The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosted the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, presenting a tough and intense test for the Moto2 World Championship riders due to the heat. Despite the high temperatures, Augusto Fernandez worked hard to achieve a praiseworthy fourth place. Pedro Acosta was one of the most competitive riders, despite suffering a crash at the start that made him lose several positions, and he finished in 20th place.

Fernandez, who started from the third row of the grid, got off the line well and gained a place at the opening corner, moving up into eighth. The Red Bull KTM Ajo talent pushed to the fullest, beginning a fightback that saw him reach fourth on Lap 8. The Spaniard gave his all to try to catch up with the riders ahead of him in search of a podium spot, setting the same times as the leader. Finally, Fernandez crossed the finish line in fourth place, completing a hard-fought race.

Acosta started well from tenth on the grid, holding his position on the opening lap. Unfortunately, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider crashed at Turn 6 on Lap 2 after colliding with another competitor. Able to re-join the race, he climbed places to finish 20th. Acosta showed great pace, riding in times matching the leaders and managing to recover a deficit of more than 20 seconds throughout the contest.

Fernandez occupies 9th position in the Moto2 World Championship with 44 points. Acosta is 15th with 20. The next event of the season will be the French Grand Prix, which will take place from May 12th to 15th at Le Mans.

Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 39:16.357
2. Aron Canet (Kalex) +2.509
3. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) +3.669
4. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +5.358
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) +9.245
20. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +46.441

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Celestino Vietti (Kalex) 100 points
2. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 81 points
3. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 70 points
4. Aron Canet (Kalex) 69 points
5. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 57 points
9. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 44 points
15. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 20 points

 

AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER

“We’re really happy to be back in Europe and in ‘normal’ conditions. Last weekend at Portimao doesn’t really count, as it was quite challenging because of the weather and all the things that happened there. I feel that here at Jerez we got back to normal after a testing start to the season. I have to say that I’m satisfied with our solid performance during the weekend. This round was calmer for us, and both of our riders did well. In qualifying we maybe made a mistake with our tyre choice, and it hindered our performance. In any case, we got a good start to the race. Unfortunately, Pedro’s challenge was over quite early on, but after the crash he showed a really good pace and gained experience. Augusto had a tough fight to start with, and he was trying to catch the frontrunners. He had a solid race and we have to be really happy with fourth place.”

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I am happy to have had a race with the leading group, after some difficult past races. It was a shame about qualifying, since we started far back -and at this circuit it is difficult to overtake. By the time I was able to get out of the traffic, the three riders who finished on the podium were already far away. From then on I was riding at the same pace as them, but I couldn’t catch them. The conditions were difficult due to the heat and the track didn’t allow us to make any mistakes. I tried to stay consistent and set the same times, but I couldn’t get there. At the end of the race it seemed that I could get into the fight for third place, but it wasn’t to be. I’m happy with the weekend and at Le Mans we’ll aim for more.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“Today was a day in which we had to get a good result. The weekend has been one of the best we have had, because we were always at the top. From the start we were climbing up the order little by little, but the crash meant that we could not be among the front-runners. The pace we had was enough to be in the top positions and we have already taken the first step to be up there. At Le Mans we will try again.”

Third consecutive podium for Masia in Jerez

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider finishes third at the Spanish Grand Prix. Dani Holgado completes a solid performance for ninth.

 

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 concluded the Spanish Grand Prix well, thanks to a podium for Jaume Masia. The Spaniard enjoyed a great battle to get third position and rack up his third consecutive podium in the 2022 season. Dani Holgado would move up 10 positions from the start to finish the contest in a hard-fought ninth place.

After qualifying on the front row of the grid, Masia took advantage of his position, made a good start and placed third on Lap 1. He tried to escape along with two other riders at the head of the race, but the constant overtaking between them allowed the competitors from the chasing group to hunt them down as they passed the halfway point of the contest. The Red Bull KTM Ajo talent battled it out with nine other rivals for victory, going on to lead the race at various points. Finally, after a tight finale, Masia claimed a hard-fought third position.

Holgado had a strong start to the race, going from 19th on the grid to seventh on Lap 6. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie tried to join the chasing group, to attempt to break away with them and make contact with the leaders of the contest. Despite giving his all, the Spaniard rode in the second pack, battling with three other riders to get into the Top 7. Holgado eventually placed ninth.

Masia occupies 4th position in the championship with 70 points. Holgado is 15th with 23. Now the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo will enjoy a week off, before traveling to Le Mans for the French GP from May 13-15th.

Results (Moto3 Race)
1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 39:19.873
2. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) +0.061
3. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.208
4. Deniz Öncü (KTM) +0.319
5. Xavi Artigas (CFMoto) +0.417
9. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +5.811

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 103 points
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 82 points
3. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 73 points
4. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 70 points
5. Deniz Öncü (KTM) 63 points
15. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 23 points

 

AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER

“It was a very exciting race, as always in Moto3. I am very happy with Jaume’s progress, as his mental strength is much better than before. He is enjoying himself on the bike and doing things in a simple way. The battle was very good, but we have to go step by step because the season is long. As far as Dani is concerned, he completed another solid weekend with a positive performance in the contest.”

#5 JAUME MASIA

“I am very happy with today’s race. I was planning the attack at the end, but it’s hard to fight because there are so many riders trying to get there. At the start of the contest I was nervous because I was the only one on hard tyres. My goal was to get a good start and latch onto the leading group. I put all my effort into it and, halfway through the race, I felt very comfortable with the bike. Overall, I am satisfied with how the weekend went. I am happy about the podium and the points that we achieved. At Le Mans we will push for more.”

#96 DANI HOLGADO

“It has been a super positive day. In the warm-up we already felt very well on the bike. We started the race motivated and with clear ideas, having resolved everything that was pending from yesterday. We took that step forward that we needed and we had a very good contest, riding fast. I am very happy with the result. I want to thank the team because they did a great job so that I could improve. Now we already have our sights set on Le Mans.”

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