New opportunity for Fernandez and Acosta at Spanish Grand Prix27/04/2022
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 travel to the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit to contest the sixth round of the calendar.
The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosts the sixth round of the Moto2 World Championship this weekend, with the Spanish Grand Prix. Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta will conclude an intense month of April with the second consecutive weekend of racing. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo rode at the Andalusian track in February during a two-day private test, both gaining valuable data that they will apply this weekend. The riders will also race in front of their home fans, giving them extra motivation.
At a Portuguese Grand Prix complicated by weather conditions, Fernandez once again proved to be competitive when riding in the dry on the Saturday. However, he was unable to transfer this good feeling to the race, as he was involved in a crash that forced the contest to be red flagged, when he was running in fourth position. At Jerez, he will aim to redeem himself from the misfortune experienced in Portimao. At the Spanish circuit, he took his first podium in the intermediate class in 2019. With 24 points, Fernandez occupies 11th position in the Moto2 World Championship.
At the fifth round of his debut season in Moto2, Acosta continued to adapt to the class amidst strong wind and rain. His comeback in the race ended as he was one of the riders involved in the crash, which came about due to track conditions. This week, the reigning Moto3 World Champion returns to Jerez, where last year he achieved a resounding victory. Currently, he lies in 15th place in the standings with 20 points.
The 23-lap Spanish GP takes place on Sunday at 12:20 PM local time. The team have been on the podium before at Jerez, thanks to Miguel Oliveira’s third and second places in 2017 and 2018, and Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima’s double in 2020, when they finished second and third.
Circuit information – Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit
Length: 4.423 m / 2.748 miles
Width: 11 metres / 36.09 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 m / 0.377 miles
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“After the race in Portimao, I want to go to Jerez and put that round behind me, since we couldn’t finish it and I wanted to fight for a good result. This time we are going to a circuit that I really like, and where I have good memories because I took my first Grand Prix podium there. This weekend it will also be special to race in front of the Spanish fans. It’s always a bonus in terms of motivation to see how they support you from the stands. The objectives for this weekend are to be at the front on Sunday and try to get as many points as possible.”
#51 PEDRO ACOSTA
“We want to make amends for last week’s misfortune in Portimao. Jerez is a track that I really like and where I have gone well in the past. For this Grand Prix, the objective will be to continue progressing and taking steps forward in our adaptation to the class. In addition, here we will have the support of the Spanish fans, and that is always very exciting.”