Fernandez targets German Grand Prix success from third

18/06/2022

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider places third in Moto2 qualifying, whilst Pedro Acosta will start from eleventh position

Qualifying for the German Grand Prix was held at a scorching Sachsenring on Saturday, and Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta both made their way into Q2 at the first time of asking. The pair will take off from third and eleventh, respectively, in Sunday’s race.

Both of them had previously been the two fastest riders on Friday, although they were unable to match those times in the early stages of FP3. Fernandez remained high up the order, whilst Acosta searched for a strong pace. After returning to the pits, both improved their times from Friday. Fernandez was third with a time of 1:23.957, achieved on his 19th lap of 23. Acosta began to feel more comfortable and climbed to fifth, setting a 1:24.052 on his 19th lap.

Moving straight into Q2, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talents faced ever-increasing temperatures that have been a constant throughout the weekend so far, rising to over 50ºC on track. Past the midway point, the pair both upped their pace, Fernandez pushing in the final minutes to claim third, setting a 1:23.825 on his seventh lap of nine. With this result, he’ll be on front row tomorrow. Acosta will start from eleventh position, on row 4, thanks to his 1:24.268.

The 28-lap Moto2 German Grand Prix will take place at 12:20 PM local time on Sunday.

Results (Qualifying)
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:23.493
2. Albert Arenas (Kalex) 1:23.765 +0.272
3. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:23.825 +0.332
4. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:23.897 (+0.404)
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) 1:23.913 +0.420
11. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:24.268 +0.775

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“It’s important to start from the front row here, because it’s a circuit where it is difficult to overtake, and especially with these temperatures. We have to get a good start and stay up at the front. I have a good pace and I feel comfortable. The race is very long, so we have to know how to manage it.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“We had chosen a tyre, but when we stopped in the pits we only changed the rear, and we really should have also changed the front tyre. I think we can be up at the front and it’s important that we get a good start tomorrow. Looking at the lap times, I feel that I have a chance, as this is a track at which I have been doing well.”

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