Fruitful day of testing for Acosta and Fernandez in Portugal

20/02/2022

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo continues an intense work program on the second day of the Portimao official test.

 

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve hosted the second day of the official test in Portimao, on a Sunday of intense but satisfying work for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2. Pedro Acosta took solid steps forward in his adaptation to the class, finishing second on the combined timesheets for the day. Augusto Fernandez placed just behind, in third position, showing that, despite experiencing discomfort in his left hand, he is adjusting well to his 2022 bike.

Acosta continued to focus on his goal of learning and adapting to Moto2. To do this, the Spanish rider completed a race simulation that, in addition to putting some important kilometres under his belt, allowed him to draw some interesting conclusions. After improving his best time from yesterday, Acosta finished Sunday in 2nd position with a fastest time of 1:41.929 and 61 laps completed.

Fernandez completed a solid day of work, which helped him to gain comfort and confidence onboard his bike. The Spanish rider was also very competitive and consistent with his pace throughout the day, and placed third overall from the three sessions with a personal best of 1:42.003. Fernandez completed a total of 59 laps of the Portuguese track on Sunday.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will contest the last of the three days of testing in Portimao on Monday.

Results (Combined practice times Day 2)
1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:41.892
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.929 +0.037
3. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.003 +0.111
4. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:42.040 +0.148
5. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 1:42.187 +0.295

 

37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I felt very good throughout the day. I’m happy because we have taken a step forward, especially in terms of my comfort on the bike. We are quite fast, but also today we have been more consistent and have understood more what I am doing on the bike. We are improving every time that we go out, in terms of our feeling and our pace with the hard tyres, which is something that is important for us. We still have things to improve, but I’ll take away the fact that we are maintaining constant progress.”

51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“Our feeling on this second day has been good. In the second session I suffered a small crash, but it has allowed us to find out where our limit is, and to better understand how the bike and the tyres behave. In addition, doing the ‘race simulation’ helped me understand what the class is like. Tomorrow we will continue testing things and we will squeeze the most out of the sessions, in order to put in as many laps as possible. We want to leave here having learned everything we can, and having consolidated the steps forward we have taken over these past few days.”

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