Historic victory for Acosta at Italian Grand Prix29/05/2022
Pedro Acosta gets his first victory in Moto2, leading the race from start to finish. Augusto Fernandez ended in fifth position after climbing 19 places
The Moto2 Italian Grand Prix was dominated from start to finish by Pedro Acosta, who became the youngest rider in history to win a Moto2 race. His seventh Grand Prix victory of his career came in the same race as teammate Augusto Fernandez finished fifth, after having made a spectacular fightback from 24th place.
Acosta made a great start, from the front row, taking the lead holeshot and setting a high pace, despite the fact that the track conditions were different from those previously experienced during the weekend. Only one rider was able to follow him, but crashed out at the halfway point. From that moment on, Acosta rode alone, taking his first Moto2 win and crossing the finish line 4 tenths ahead of his nearest rival.
Fernandez, who started from 14th, dropped down to 24th, before steadily regaining feeling and riding at the same pace as the front group. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent continued to climb places, lap after lap, becoming more comfortable and reaching the Top 10. He finally finished fifth, concluding a spectacular 19-place improvement.
Fernandez is now sixth in the Moto2 World Championship, with 80 points. Acosta is 10th with 45 points. The season continues next weekend at the Catalan Grand Prix, held from June 3rd-5th.
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:35.930
2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 1:52.453 +4.051
3. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:52.498 +6.749
4. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 1:52.396 +12.312
5. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:52.323 +12.327
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Celestino Vietti (Kalex) 108 points
2. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 108 points
3. Aron Canet (Kalex) 89 points
4. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 86 points
5. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 83 points
6. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 80 points
10. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 45 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Once again, really strong weekend for us in Moto2. Both riders were in positive mood and had good pace since the first practice. Augusto didn’t have a great qualifying and had to start far away from the top, but his pace and performance allowed him to fight for fourth place. Pedro had an excellent weekend, he has been very fast and consistent in the last few races. He rode a great contest, it’s important to win but his daily improvement has been even more important. Big congratulations to him and the team for this result.”
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“We didn’t have a good first lap. I lacked speed and the rest of the riders were very fast. Little by little I felt better, and I managed to have a good pace. I had a lot of fun and I’m very happy with the comeback that we made. I was close to fourth place, and I had a very good feeling. In the end we salvaged something from the weekend, and we got some important points that mean a lot for the championship. Next week we are going to Barcelona, which is a circuit that I really like, so we will give it one hundred percent to try to get a good result.”
#51 PEDRO ACOSTA
“I am very happy to have finally got this victory. It took more than I would have liked, but the difficult times help you learn and enjoy the good moments even more. The race was tough; it is the first contest that I’ve led from start to finish, and I had to work hard to stay focused. The mistakes we made at previous rounds have helped us learn, progress and be here today.”