As Red Bull fans - the drink, the F1 team, the drivers, the athletes they sponsor - we’re a bit partial to the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3. By we I mean I, and I have to say that because the SXdrv head honcho loves bikes and I tell the world his allegiance and I’m wrong, that’s not a good move. The pair of GASGAS (KTM) RC16 bikes look brilliant in the red and black theme. The rider roster had to be as attractive as the bikes themselves, and so the Spanish 26-year-old Moto2 World Champion and 2023 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Augusto Fernandez is once again in the field, hoping to better his already impressive best placing of 4th and to take himself and the bike into the top ten overall standings. He’ll be joined in his endeavours by his 19-year-old countryman Pedro Acosta who moves up into MotoGP from Moto2 where he claimed a title, after also racking up a Moto3 title. With a mere 3 years of competition under his belt, he looks on track (haha) to have a memorable and winning career. The Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 team is again led by Nicolas Goyon marking his second season at the helm, and he will have help from Pol Espargaro who will also be a test rider. The entire team will assemble soon for the official pre-season testing in Malaysia ahead of the season-opener at the Grand Prix of Qatar at the Lusail International Circuit on March 9-10. The Saturday Sprints seemed to be popular enough for them to return in 2024 which means there will be 22 rounds and 44 outings for the team until the season ends in November. Here's what all the people that matter in the team have to say about the upcoming race season...
Augusto Fernandez: “Everything was new and there was a lot to learn last year but there were points towards the end of the season where I felt fast and like I had the speed. I felt comfortable riding the bike but as a rookie you had to be very patient and trust the process. When I finished 2023 I analyzed the season and saw I had made the steps I needed to take. I am looking forward to this year because I now have the references of each track with the GASGAS RC16 and I know on Fridays we need to put a lot of input because it can decide much of the weekend. I’m super-proud to be partnering with Red Bull, and to have them on the bike. It’s a dream and we have everything we need to perform. It’s in our hands so let’s go for it.”Pedro Acosta: “If I think about my career and journey so far then it is quite nice! Nice to say I had the opportunity to ride for a factory team in my first season, nice to say I won two titles in three years, it is nice to say I come into a factory team for the first season in MotoGP. But it is also quite tough to play with the pressure, to play with the comments. I don’t want to think about results at the moment. I just have one day on the bike, and it is not the time to talk about results or targets because it is not realistic. I will try to enjoy the Malaysia test and try to get as much experience as I can to try and be competitive at the beginning of the season but during that we also need to take race experience to grow step-by-step.”
Nicolas Goyon - Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 Team Manager: “In 2023 we had a lot of changes. We had this new Sprint format, and the new team structure but this means we are set and ready for the coming season. Augusto was strong for his rookie season. Of course, we all expect him to improve for 2024.He is very calm! He always takes some time to think about what has happened on the track and then to explain the technique and his feelings. This is something super-important for the team to develop and set-up the bike. Pedro is a great talent but my message for the fans would be ‘be patient’. You know, it is not so easy for a rookie to perform. It is complicated now with ride-height devices and a lot of electronics. The format of the weekend is also complicated and something to learn. Let’s give him time. For me, the 2024 Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 line-up will be even closer to the fans. Both riders are young, and we know this is the main target for GASGAS, to connect and excite all those that watch MotoGP.”Hervé Poncharal - Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 Team Principal: “One of the very exciting things that has happened this winter is the return of Red Bull with Tech3, and we are extremely happy to have them again featuring on our MotoGP™ bike. This season will be more exciting than ever, with a very competitive grid: riders and technical packages are so close to each other, so I truly believe that we are set for an amazing show. Augusto Fernandez learnt a lot last year, and he is ready to perform and fight for top positions. One of the most exciting prospects that MotoGP™ has known in recent years, Pedro Acosta, will line up for us. His first day at the Valencia test gave us the insurance that he has everything to have a brilliant rookie season, and we are looking forward to heading to Sepang to kick things off!”
Pit Beirer - GASGAS Motorsport Director: “2023 was a very intense year for our first season with GASGAS on the grid but Augusto came in with a great approach – he is super-positive and a fighter - and gave us a highlight in Le Mans with his 4th position. I feel the team adapted really well over the whole season and I’m looking forward to seeing what Augusto can do in his second go. With Pedro I think the whole paddock and community agrees that there is a diamond coming up in this sport. He is a very special rider, a unique rider who has already broken so many records at a young age.Pedro will make us better and stronger for the future, so we are happy to have him. I feel GASGAS is a very dynamic brand, and looking to the team spirit with these two fantastic athletes it is definitely the one to watch out for in ’24.”Hubert Trunkenpolz - Member of the Board - Pierer Mobility AG: “One of the reasons why we went with GASGAS into MotoGP was to create brand awareness and it worked perfectly. MotoGP is, by far, the biggest and most successful platform because the media value and the public attendance is immense and we are absolutely happy we made that move. We now have a very exciting combination of Augusto and Pedro and a motorcycle that has proven it is ready for trophies. We know it will be a long season and the Sprints have been challenging: the really positive thing is that the fans really appreciate [the Sprints], the action on Saturday, and frankly speaking I also like it. At the end of the day the guys are racers. It’s great to have Red Bull onboard this year and I think the 2024 livery looks fantastic.”
Take a look at the YouTube video from the recent live reveal of the new livery and bikes for the 2024 MotoGP season. These GASGAS bikes do look great and they'll definitely stand out for the TV cameras and digital cameras. The event wasn't only held to show off the new look, it was also hosted to confirm the team lineup for the upcoming season which will all be seen soon in the pre-season testing in Malaysia and Qatar: FULL GAS into MotoGP™️ 2024! | GASGAS
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