Fernandez and Acosta motivated as season hits Portimao20/04/2022
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 return to Europe to contest the fifth round of the 2022 season: the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Red Bull KTM Ajo continue their intense schedule for April and, after a short break, arrive in Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix. The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve will host the first European round of the 2022 season for the Moto2 World Championship. Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta come into the event anxious to achieve a good result for the team.
At the Americas Grand Prix, Fernandez finished in ninth place, overcoming a tricky start to the race. The Red Bull KTM Ajo talent was one of the riders with the fastest pace during the weekend, placing at the top front in almost every practice session. Now the Spaniard arrives in Portimao, wanting to carry that good form into the contest and achieve a good result on Sunday. Fernandez currently occupies the eighth position in the Moto2 World Championship, with 31 points.
Acosta’s race ended prematurely in Austin, as he suffered a crash when riding in the top positions. Throughout the weekend, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie proved to have taken a step forward in his adaptation to the class, improving his feeling and confidence on the bike. This weekend, he arrives at a track of which he has fond memories: It is there where he sealed the Moto3 World Championship last year, and he also has two victories in the Algarve. Acosta is currently 13th in the overall standings with 20 points.
The Moto2 Portuguese Grand Prix is scheduled for 23 laps on Sunday at 2:30 PM, local time, as the last race of the day. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 have previous podiums at the track, through victories achieved by Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner in 2021 and further two podium places for the pair.
Circuit information – Autodromo Internacional do Algarve
Length: 4.600 metres / 2,85 miles
Width: 18 metres / 59,06 ft
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 969 metres / 3179,13 ft.
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“I can’t wait to get the European leg of the season started, at circuits where I have more experience. Portimao is a circuit that I like and that during testing we did very well. We usually have a good pace there. I hope to be able to pick up from where we left off in pre-season. The objective for this weekend will be to be competitive, as we have been, and to be able to carry over all the work from the weekend into the race.”
#51 PEDRO ACOSTA
“I’m going to Portimao looking to get back the good feeling we had during pre-season tests we did there, as it will be very favourable for us. It’s a circuit that I liked a lot. I have very good memories of the circuit, as it was there that I became Moto3 World Champion last year. In Austin we took a step forward and it was the first time that we were where we wanted to be, so the objective will be to continue on that same path.”