Fernandez and Acosta eager to compete at the Americas GP06/04/2022
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.
#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.”