Acosta and Fernandez finish fourth and fifth at Red Bull Ring21/08/2022
Pedro Acosta challenges for the podium in the Austrian Grand Prix, with teammate Augusto Fernandez just behind him
The Austrian Grand Prix saw the two Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders both place inside the Top 5 on raceday, as Pedro Acosta battled for a place on the rostrum and Augusto Fernandez came home in fifth.
Acosta was returning to action after injury this weekend, and started the race from sixth on the grid. He remained in the group, beginning to force his way through the field until he reached the podium positions. Maintaining a great pace and fighting until the last corner, he took the chequered flag in fourth.
Fernandez faced a demanding race at the Red Bull Ring. He was third on the grid, and remained in the podium positions on the first few laps before dropping a series of places. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was left in a tough group that gave little quarter, and he finished the race in fifth.
Fernandez is second in the overall standings with 182 points. Acosta is tenth with 88. The next round of the Moto2 World Championship will be the San Marino Grand Prix, held from September 1st-4th.
1. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 39:30.070
2. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) +0.173
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) +7.854
4. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +7.960
5. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +8.037
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2022
1. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 183 points
2. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 182 points
3. Celestino Vietti (Kalex) 156 points
4. Aron Canet (Kalex) 137 points
5. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 108 points
10. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 88 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It wasn’t an excellent race after the victories, but our two riders finished in the Top 5 and didn’t make any big mistakes. We have to be happy and we all know that at the next race they will fighting for the win again. Augusto found it difficult to have a good feeling today but, despite his problems, he finished in the Top 5. As for Pedro, the first thing to emphasise is that it was important for him to compete again. For a first race back, the result was much better than expected. It was a very promising race.”
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“It was a tough race. Although I recovered some positions at the start, I fell back down the order. I knew we were going to struggle today, so we tried to do our best. We were in a difficult group for moving up positions, but we pushed to the limit. We have scored some important points for the championship and we tried not to make mistakes, so I am satisfied in that aspect.”
#51 PEDRO ACOSTA
“I’m very happy with the result. Today it didn’t matter if we finished on the podium or not, the important thing was to finish after so long without riding. We were able to be calm and manage the race well. We fought for the podium and the result was much better than we expected. We continue to gain confidence and for Misano we are sure to be stronger.”