After a sparkling start in Qatar, where Jaume Masia won the race, the Spaniard’s subsequent performances haven’t exactly matched that brilliant season-opener, the rider scoring just one further podium, at Mugello. Now in his fifth Moto3 season, the KTM rider is aiming for better results, the fact he lies fifth in the standings justifying this ambition.

Jaume Masia is ready to bounce back: “I’ll work more calmly”

The young Spaniard needs to get back to his Qatar level of performance: “The first half of the season hasn’t been positive. Things haven’t gone as we expected and we still have a lot do this season, but I still believe in our potential. This is the most important thing. The highlight was our season start, in Qatar. We were just starting out and scored victory on what was my debut appearance with the team. A fantastic feeling and a memory I cherish".

The atmosphere within his new team, Ajo Motorsport, is good and should allow for a step up in performance so that the rider can fight for the podium each week: “I adapted to the team very easily. The work method we have is really good, so we need to try and continue in this way. There have been moments when things - whether good or less so - were out of our hands. The aim is to continue to score as many points as possible. We’ll try to be competitive again and fight to be on the podium in each race”.

Masia, who has won four Moto3 races to date, knows how to turn this trend around: “In the second half of the season I’ll focus on working more calmly. The competition has been really close, so knowing how to manage certain moments and do things in a different way to others will help us". The summer break serves to draw a line and start over: “I’ve taken a week off to relax and recharge the batteries. Now I’m back on my bike and training hard so that I’m well prepared when the second half of the season kicks off in Austria".

Translated by Heather Watson

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