Pole for Fernandez at Aragon Grand Prix17/09/2022
The Moto2 series leader will start the race from the front of the grid, with Pedro Acosta in sixth place.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders participated in qualifying for the Aragon Grand Prix this Saturday, amidst high temperatures. Augusto Fernandez achieved pole position, whilst teammate Pedro Acosta took a step forward and will start from the second row of the grid.
The third and final Free Practice session of the weekend took place with favourable track conditions. The current Moto2 World Championship leader occupied spots in the Top5 on the opening laps, and focused on finding the best setup ahead of qualifying. His 1:52.267 lap, from his 13th attempt of 17, earned him second position on the combined timesheets. Acosta felt comfortable and improved lap after lap, making his way into Q2. He rode faster than on Friday and placed fourth with a 1:52.276.
In Q2, Fernandez maintained a good pace, riding consistent lap times in a tight session. His 1:51.888 lap, clocked on his fifth lap of seven, earned him pole position at MotorLand, his second pole of the season and his seventh front row start. Acosta was one of the pacesetters early on, and was up into third at one point. After riding seven laps, a 1:52.280 on his fifth time around put him sixth, one of his best qualifying results from his rookie year.
The 21-lap Moto2 Aragon Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 12:20 PM local time.
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:51.888
2. Albert Arenas (Kalex) 1:52.012 +0.124
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:52.179 +0.291
4. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 1:52.270 +0.382
5. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:52.274 +0.386
6. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:52:280 +0.392
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“It’s a tricky track, with a very technical layout, so it’s very positive for us to start from pole position. Saturdays are always a little harder for me, so we have to be very happy. We’ll have to manage the race well in order to fight for victory, but we have the pace and we feel strong enough to challenge. The last few laps will be important, so we will go for it.”
#51 PEDRO ACOSTA
“Starting from the second row is a good result. We had to improve on Saturdays, and sixth place for tomorrow will allow us to fight for a good finish. We are working well, I have the pace and I think we can round off the weekend in the best way possible.”