First day completed for Masia and Holgado at British Grand Prix

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.”

Second row for Masia at Dutch GP

Jaume Masia to start from sixth position at Assen, with Dani Holgado in twelfth place

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 took part in qualifying for the Dutch GP on Saturday at Assen, where Jaume Masia earned sixth position on the grid. Teammate Dani Holgado was the fastest man in Q1, and moved into twelfth position in Q2.

The third Free Practice of the weekend was held in dry conditions. Masia found a good feeling and climbed positions lap after lap, finally placing eleventh with a time of 1:42.505, achieved on his last lap. Holgado took a big step forward in the morning, lapping in sixth position before his first stop in the pits. However, a crash late on prevented him from initially making the cut for Q2, as he finished 18th with a time of 1:42.652.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider thus went into Q1, and after two laps he set the best time of the session with a 1:41.633.

Both riders entered Q2, with Masia leading the way early on. He maintained a good pace throughout, and was in the battle for the front row, his 1:41.811 time eventually taking sixth to close out Row 2. Holgado will begin the race from the fourth row, in 12th thanks to a time of 1:42.134.

The 22-lap Moto3 Dutch GP race will be held on Sunday tomorrow at 11 AM local time.

Results (Qualifying)
1. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 1:41.296
2. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:41.362 +0.066
3. Izan Guevara (GasGas) 1:41.502 +0.206
4. David Muñoz (KTM) 1:41.664 +0.368
5. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 1:41.765 +0.469
6. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.811 +0.515
12. Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.134 +0.838

#5 JAUME MASIA

“I am happy with this second row for tomorrow. We fought for the front row from the beginning and it’s a good result that will allow us to get a good start in the race. We have to continue working to finish improving some details, but I feel very good on the bike. We will have to keep an eye on the weather for the race.”

#96 DANI HOLGADO

“The day went quite well. In FP3 I made a mistake, for which we were hit with a long lap penalty – which was completely fair. Even so, our feeling was very positive, because we rode many laps with the same tyre and we have a good pace. I was able to set a very good lap time in Q1 and we worked hard. However, in Q2 I was not able to put a complete lap together due to the yellow flags. Tomorrow we will do our best after this step forward that we have taken.”

Fernandez and Acosta set sights on continuing streak at German GP

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 begin back-to-back run in Germany and the Netherlands.

 

As the Moto2 World Championship season closes in on its halfway point, Red Bull KTM Ajo travel to Sachsenring this weekend for the German Grand Prix. The duo begin a run of two consecutive weeks of racing, which will start in Germany and end in the Netherlands. Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta are eager to get another good result and continue the positive work from recent rounds.
At the Catalan Grand Prix, Fernandez had a great weekend that culminated in a third position in the race. With this result, he took his second podium of the season, adding to the victory he achieved at the French GP. Now, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent travels to Sachsenring, a track that he knows well, where he will once again fight for the top positions. Fernandez occupies fourth in the overall standings, with 96 points.
At the last round, Acosta was once again very solid and competitive throughout the weekend. In the race, the reigning Moto3 World Champion made a strong fightback to finish sixth, riding at the same pace as the leaders. His record at Sachsenring includes a victory last year. Currently, Acosta is tenth in the Moto2 World Championship with 55 points.
The 28-lap Moto2 German Grand Prix takes place at 12:20 PM local time on Sunday. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 have been on the podium at Sachsenring on their last fourth visits, thanks to a second place for Miguel Oliveira in 2017 and a victory and second place for Brad Binder in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Last year, Remy Gardner also won the German GP race.

 

Circuit information – Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m / 2.281 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m / 2296.59 ft.
Constructed: 1996

 

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I’m happy with how things went in Barcelona, since we got another podium and, above all, we kept our consistent work going. Now we have to pick all these feelings back up and take them to Germany. The Sachsenring is a unique circuit, with many left-hand corners. Especially this weekend, it will be necessary to work very well with the tyres. The goal is once again to be at the front. We will try to improve in qualifying to have more of a chance in the race, since in recent contests we had the pace but started from far back. We have to continue working as we have been doing, to arrive prepared for Sunday and fight for the win.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“We’re coming off a good weekend in Barcelona, where we learned a lot about how to manage a race. Now it’s time to turn our focus to the German Grand Prix, at a circuit that I’ve gone well at in the past and where we’ll try to get that good feeling back. The goal is to keep working in the same way as we are improving round after round.”

 

Fernandez and Acosta eager to compete at the Americas GP

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 head to the spectacular COTA track for the fourth round of the 2022 season: the Americas Grand Prix.

 

The Circuit of the Americas welcomes the Moto2 World Championship this weekend for the Americas Grand Prix, as the series shifts from Argentina to Texas in an intense month of April. Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta arrive in Austin eager to continue working with their respective teams and achieve good results in Sunday’s race.

Last weekend, Fernandez was unable to carry over the great pace that he showed at Termas de Rio Hondo in the contest, crashing out in the early stages. However, the Spaniard was able to qualify on the front row of the grid on Saturday, in a shortened Argentina GP weekend, proving that he is one of the strongest riders in Moto2. At Austin, he will once again fight for the top positions. Fernandez occupies 7th place in the overall standings, with 24 points.

Acosta completed a fascinating fightback at the Argentina Grand Prix, moving from 17th at the start to 7th at the end of the race, gaining 10 positions. The reigning Moto3 World Champion continued to take steps forward in his adaptation to the class, riding well at a circuit that was unfamiliar to him and on a shorter GP than usual. This weekend, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent knows the track and will work to continue learning and progressing alongside his team. Acosta is currently 8th in the Moto2 World Championship with 20 points.

The Moto2 class will open race day at the Americas Grand Prix, at 11:20 AM local time with an 18-lap contest. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 have been on the podium before at COTA, thanks to Raul Fernandez’s victory in 2021 and Miguel Oliveira’s third place in 2018.

Circuit information – Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
Length: 5.513 m / 3.426 miles
Width: 15 metres / 49.21 ft.
Left corners: 11
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.200 m / 3937.01 ft.
Constructed: 2012

 

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I’m looking forward to starting the weekend, to get rid of the bad taste left in my mouth from the Argentina GP. COTA is a track that I like and that I visited for the first time last year, finishing fourth after a good weekend. I hope that this season, with it being my second experience there, I can be at the front again and be able to fight for the victory.
In the three rounds that we have had to date, we have shown a great pace – although we have not been able to finish the job in the race. We have to continue working in the same way; the team and I are understanding each other better all the time, and we are finetuning things together. I hope to be able to finish this weekend with a good result and recover points in the standings.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“Last year at COTA, the feeling that we had was good and we were fighting with those at the front. We will have to see how we do this year with the new asphalt, but we are positive ahead of the start of the weekend. The goal is still to enjoy ourselves every time we go out on the track and keep learning and progressing. We will strive, above all, to take a step forward in qualifying. It will be the second consecutive race this month, but I feel good, strong and ready to face this new round.”

Dani Holgado undergoes successful operation in Barcelona

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider receives surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus to treat a multifragmentary fracture to his left tibia.

 

Dani Holgado underwent a successful operation at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, to treat a multifragmentary fracture to the tibia of his left leg. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider had suffered an accident on Wednesday morning while training on a motorbike, leading to the injury.

Dr. Ignacio Ginebreda, Director of the Bone Reconstruction and Lengthening Unit at ICATME, together with his team operated on the Spanish rider. The surgery was a success and Holgado will begin recovery work in the next few weeks.

 

 

Fifth victory of the year for Fernandez at MotorLand Aragon

The Red Bull KTM Ajo wins the Moto2 World Championship Team title with a one-two finish for Fernandez and Gardner at the Aragon Grand Prix.

 

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team enjoyed a dream weekend at the Aragon Grand Prix, as they were crowned Team World Champions in the Moto2 class. They did so with a fifth one-two finish of the season, thanks to race winner Raul Fernandez and second placed Remy Gardner. The team achieved 9 victories and 9 podiums this season so far.

The Aragon Grand Prix began well for Fernandez, who managed to maintain the third position on the grid. From the start of the contest, the Spaniard proved to be one step ahead of his rivals, and on Lap 4 he hunted down the leader and passed him to take the lead. From that moment on, the Red KTM Ajo Moto2 rider pushed to break away from the rest of the field, going on to claim the fifth win of his rookie season. The result – the 7th victory of his Grand Prix career to date – comes just a week after having undergone surgery on a fractured fifth right metacarpal.

Gardner started from second and pushed hard, although on Lap 2 he was overtaken by his teammate and was left isolated in third place. Staying focused and calm, and enduring the heat on track, he would move back up a position when the rider in second crashed in the final third of the contest. The Spaniard stayed in that spot until the chequered flag, completing the one-two finish and taking his 6th podium of 2021 so far.

Gardner continues to lead the World Championship with 251 points. Fernandez is second with 212. Red Bull KTM Ajo will be back to work in less than a week for the San Marino Grand Prix, held from September 17-19th.

Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:49.990
2. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +5.408
3. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) +6.824
4. Jorge Navarro (Boscoscuro) +7.051
5. Aron Canet (Boscoscuro) +10.695

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 251 points
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 212 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 179 points
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 127 points
5. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 108 points

Moto2 World Championship Team Standing 2021
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 463 points
2. Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 235 points
3. Sky Racing Team VR46 226 points
4. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 130 points
5. Kipin Energy Aspar Team 126 points

 

AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER

“It was incredible. It was a spectacular performance from our riders and from our team. I am very grateful and happy to be able to experience this and achieve our dreams. We are not people who think about the title on a daily basis. We have set goals for ourselves but improving every day and working consistently is the key. Many thanks to our great riders, Raul [Fernandez] and Remy [Gardner], to the team, who work day and night, and to the GP academy that we have put together with Red Bull, KTM and all our sponsors.”

87 REMY GARDNER

“I’m happy because Aragon is a difficult track, and second place feels like a victory. Fortunately, I have only dropped five points. There are still many contests to go this season, we are performing at a good level and we will take things race by race. The history of this team is incredible, and my name is part of it. I think I picked a good team who have dominated throughout the year and winning the championship with five rounds to go is incredible. They have put a great team together, the guys in the box work hard and we are like a family. Congratulations!”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“On the final laps my hand hurt a lot. Seven days ago, I was being operating on, and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to participate here in Aragon. I have no words to express my gratitude to Doctor Mir, his entire team, the Clinica Mobile, Alpinestars and all the people who have made it possible for me to be here today. It was very exciting to win at home, with the crowd in the stands. It has also been a very special weekend because Hugo Millan’s family is here. This victory is for them and for Hugo.”

Fernandez and Gardner in top form at Mugello on Friday

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo make their way provisionally into Qualifying 2, after a positive opening day at the Italian Grand Prix.

 

The Italian Grand Prix got underway well for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2, who had a promising opening day at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello on Friday. After FP1 and FP2, Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner occupied the second and the seventh place, respectively, on the combined timesheets, earning them a provisional spot in Qualifying 2 on Saturday.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo were very competitive in the opening session of the day, and were two of the strongest riders throughout the FP1. Gardner was just two tenths of a second off the fastest time, placing second thanks to a 1:51.984. The Australian completed 14 productive laps of Mugello. Putting in 17 laps was his teammate, Fernandez, who continued his excellent form and finished fourth – three tenths off the top spot with a 1:52.131.

In the afternoon, Fernandez dominated the first half of the FP2, besting his time from the morning. Finally, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie was second after stopping the clock at 1:51.569, just one tenth behind the pacesetter. Gardner rode a further 16 laps and concluded the session in seventh place with a 1:52.056.

Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez will have a final Free Practice tomorrow morning, before heading into the fight for the pole position. Moto2 Q1 will start at 3:10 PM, followed by Q2 at 3:35 PM.

Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)

1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:51.385
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:51.569 +0.184
3. Jorge Navarro (Boscoscuro) 1:51.693 +0.308
4. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 1:51.746 +0.361
5. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:51.850 +0.465
7. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:51.984 +0.599

87 REMY GARDNER

“The end of the day was a bit tough for us. On the last run I tried to push to the fullest and I was setting a good pace. However, on the last corner we had a small issue and I was not able to lower my time. Now we have to continue working ahead of tomorrow and improve some aspects. In any case, I am happy to be here at Mugello and I can’t wait to continue riding tomorrow.”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“The first day went well and I’m very happy. After the FP1, I felt some discomfort in my arm, but we were able to solve the problem and I felt strong in FP2. We have a good setup for the bike and that makes me feel confident for tomorrow. We will try to get a positive result in qualifying for Sunday’s grid. Other than that, I want to continue enjoying myself with the team, as having a great connection with them is important.”

Raul Fernandez achieves second consecutive pole at Austrian GP

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider claims the top spot in qualifying, but things were tougher for 17th-placed Kaito Toba.

 

The Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix starting grid was set on Saturday, and for the second consecutive round it will be Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Raul Fernandez who leads the field when the lights go out. The Spaniard set the best time in qualifying, right at the chequered flag. Teammate Kaito Toba, who also went directly into Q2, suffered an incident with another rider in the final part of the session, and will start from the sixth row.

The last Free Practice was held in wet conditions, despite the fact that the rain had stopped just before it got underway. Raul Fernandez felt comfortable regardless, heading the timesheets at several stages. Finally, the Spaniard ended in third place with a time of 1:43.300, set on his last lap out of a total of 20. Kaito Toba was seventh after stopping the clock at 1:43.724; he completed 17 laps in all. A crash at Turn 1 at the end of FP3 prevented him from making further progress.

Both Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders went straight into Q2 thanks to their times from Friday. Leaving it late to put in his best lap, Raul Fernandez snatched pole position for the Austrian GP thanks to a spectacular 1:36.277. It is the second pole of his career, and the second in the space of seven days. Kaito Toba suffered a crash at Turn 10 and thus his 1:37.398 lap proved definitive, leaving him 17th on the grid.

The 23-lap Austrian Grand Prix kicks off tomorrow at 11 am local time.

 

Results – QP
1. Raul Fernandez  (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.277

2. Albert Arenas (KTM) 1:36.288 +0.011
3. John McPhee (Honda) 1:36.306 +0.029
4. Jaume Masia (Honda) 1:36.371 +0.094
5. Celestino Vietti (KTM) 1:36.462 +0.185
17. Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:37.398 +1.121

 

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“Today was very positive. I took it easy in the last Free Practice session because of the shape the track was in, and I wouldn’t have been able to draw many conclusions. However, in the afternoon we managed to take another pole and I am happy about that. Now we have to continue working to improve some aspects of the bike, with our sights set on tomorrow’s race. If we can get me feeling a little more comfortable, we could be fighting for the podium.”

27 KAITO TOBA

“It was a tough qualifying session for us. Tomorrow we will start from far back on the grid, so we will have to work hard during the race. We have to improve the way we manage practice sessions, especially on a mental level – that is the key to being able to get up to the front. I will try to push hard from the start to latch onto the group at the front, and be able to fight for the top positions.”

Solid debut in virtual competition for Martin and Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2

The Spanish rider finishes fifth in the Red Bull Virtual Spanish Grand Prix, the first eSports race for the Moto2 class.

 

Jorge Martin and the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team took part in the Virtual Spanish Grand Prix this Sunday. The Spaniard adapted well to eSports competition, setting the fastest lap of the contest, and placed fifth despite two incidents at the beginning of the race. The first ever virtual Moto2 contest was an event with all the tension of a normal GP weekend.

The lights at the virtual version of the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit went out to start an 8-lap race with 10 riders. Jorge Martin had a tricky opening to the contest, crashing twice, but the Red Bull KTM Ajo talent remounted and was highly competitive in the final stretch, climbing to fifth position.

 

RACE RESULTS
1. Lorenzo Baldassarri 13:22.073
2. Jake Dixon +3.025
3. Bo Bendsneyder +5.210
4. Luca Marini 8.941
5. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +10.024

 

88 JORGE MARTIN

“This was a very good experience! A Top 5 in our first virtual race is a positive result. We made a strong fight back, despite the fact that at the beginning of the race I crashed and was knocked down. I even set the fastest lap at the end!
It’s harder than it seems. I must confess that, before the start, I was more nervous than for a normal contest. My hands were shaking! It’s a different way of racing and, since it’s not so physical, you tire out more mentally.
I hope that the fans have enjoyed the Virtual Spanish Grand Prix today. Hopefully we can get back to regular competition soon, but it’s good if this has entertained them and they’ve had a great time.”

Martin makes progress on second day of Catalan GP

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders improved on their times from yesterday and will start from the sixth – Martin – and seventh – Binder – rows of the grid.

 

The Moto2 grid for the Catalan Grand Prix was decided today at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders took a step forward by lowering their Friday times in FP3, although the pair still went into Q1. Jorge Martin then made it into Q2 and tomorrow he will start from 17th, with Brad Binder 19th.

In the morning session the South African rider worked his way towards the top, during the opening phase of the practice. After completing a total of 19 laps, Brad Binder finished 15th, with a best time of 1:44.776, just 0.012s off a Q2 spot. On the other side of the box, Jorge Martin put in 16 laps to solve some issues which he experienced yesterday. Eventually, he ended 22nd – 1:45.212.

Those FP3 results put Brad Binder and Jorge Martin into Q1, a session in which the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders had mixed fortunes. The Spaniard made it through with the second best time of the session – 1:44.668 – his best lap time of the weekend. In Q2, Jorge Martin then finished in 17th position, placing himself on the sixth row of the grid for tomorrow’s race. His teammate, Brad Binder, was just 0.064s from making it into Q2, ending up fifth in Q1 – 1:44.913 -, meaning he is 19th on the grid.

The lights will go out tomorrow at 12:20 pm local time for the 22-lap Moto2 race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 1:44.170
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 1:44.191 +0.021
3. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:44.199 +0.029
4. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) 1:44.211 +0.041
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Speed Up) 1:44.259 +0.089
17. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:45.244 + 1.074
19. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:44.913 (Q1 time)

 

41 BRAD BINDER

“It was a shame because we were so close to making it into Q2. Today we did some tests but we couldn’t find the solution to our issues just yet. Luckily, we still have tomorrow’s warm up to finish putting things in place. We have to stay focused and motivated, because both the team and I are trying our hardest to make things start improving soon. The Catalan Grand Prix is going to be a difficult race, but I hope it ends well for us.”

88 JORGE MARTIN

“Today we took a step forward compared to yesterday. We have been doing a few tests and I felt quite a bit more comfortable. I can turn better and I have more grip, which are our main issues, so I’m happy. I hope that tomorrow in the warm up we can continue improving to be able to fight for the points, which is our key objective. Making a good start will be very important on this track, where it is so crucial to have a consistent pace. We’re racing at home and the warmth of the fans always shows here. I want to do well so that they feel thrilled, also in order to reward their continuous support.”

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