Jaume Masia finishes in ninth position overall, with Dani Holgado fifteenth
The British GP got underway on Friday, as the Moto3 World Championship returned after the summer break. Both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders had a good feeling and improved their times in the afternoon session on the opening day: Jaume Masia finished in ninth position and Dani Holgado was fifteenth on the combined timesheets.
Jaume Masia led the way in FP1 after the first laps, followed by Dani Holgado. Both riders gave their best to improve their times and find a good feeling. After fighting to improve his times, Masia placed eleventh with a time of 2:13.336, set on his penultimate lap. Holgado, who made his debut at Silverstone, rounded off FP1 in thirteenth position, with a 2:13.411 his best time after putting in 11 laps.
In FP2, Masia improved his times immediately and set a good pace during the session and went on to clock the ninth fastest time of the day on his last attempt with a 2:11.735. Holgado, like his teammate, upped his pace after returning to the pits and he fought until the last lap to finish into Q2 positions. The Moto3 rookie concluded the session in fifteenth thanks to a best time of 2:12.333. Masia provisionally made it into Saturday’s Q2 session, while Holgado will look to secure a place in Q2 during FP3 on Saturday morning.
Moto3 qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday, 6th August. Q1 will start at 12:35 PM local time, with Q2 at 1 PM.
Results (Combined practice times FP1 – FP2)
1. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 2:10.939
2. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 2:11.372 +0.433
3. Xavi Artigas (CFMoto) 2:11.523 +0.584
4. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 2:11.549 +0.610
5. Lorenzo Fellon (Honda) 2:11.683 +0.744
9. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:11.735 +0.796
15. Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:12.333 +1.394
#5 JAUME MASIA
“The track conditions were good and we worked well. I improved my lap time in FP2 and we have a good pace going. We hope to continue moving forward and take another step up ahead of qualifying tomorrow. The important thing is to take small but firm steps, so tomorrow we will go out there and give it our all.”
#96 DANI HOLGADO
“It’s the first time I’ve ridden at Silverstone and it’s been quite positive today. We were fast in both sessions, although in the afternoon we were missing a little something on our hot lap. I have a good feeling, which is the important thing. We’re strong and this afternoon we’ll continue working to take that step that we need.”