Fernandez and Acosta second and sixth on Friday at MotorLand Aragon

16/09/2022

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo complete the first day of the Aragon Grand Prix among the fastest riders.

Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta started well the Aragon Grand Prix occupying the first places. Fernandez set the second best time of the day, after leading the first session. Acosta ended Friday in sixth position.

The first Free Practice began with favorable track conditions. Fernandez clocked a solid time in the opening minutes of the session, then went on to maintain the top spot and continue to improve his times. After putting in 16 laps he finished FP1 as the fastest rider, thanks to a 1:52.925 achieved on his last attempt. Acosta also made steady improvements and, after returning to the garage, increased his pace to break into the Top 10. He would keep rising up the order, and a 1:53.281 on his penultimate lap put him fourth.

The second session at MotorLand Aragon was affected by gusts of wind, which made it difficult for the pair. Fernandez once again remained high up the standings, proving that he will be one of the riders to beat this weekend. He led much of the session, eventually placing second with a 1:52.952 slower than his FP1 best. Acosta worked hard from start to finish, running a good pace. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie finished FP2 in sixth position, after improving his times from the morning with a 1:53.225, achieved on his 12th lap of 16.

The two Moto2 qualifying sessions for the Aragon Grand Prix will start at 3:10 PM local time on Saturday.

Results (Combined practice times FP1 – FP2)
1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:52.852
2. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:52:925 +0.073
3. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 1:53.011 +0.159
4. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:53.128 +0.276
5. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 1:53.154 +0.302
6. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:53.225 +0.373

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“It was a good day and very positive. We’ve set the fastest times and maintained a good pace. In the afternoon it was harder for us due to the temperatures and the wind, but it was the same for all of us. The important thing is that we have a good feeling. Tomorrow we will test the soft tyre and see if we can use it for the race. We want to continue like this and give our all every day.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“Last year’s race was not the best for us, although we were up at the front. Today we were sixth and we knew how to manage things well. The conditions were not easy and there were several crashes. Our goal tomorrow is to be strong in qualifying. We will test the tyres to find out which option is the best for the race, and we are looking for our best pace. The important thing is to have a good base for Sunday.”

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