Demanding qualifying for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 at Thailand GP

01/10/2022

Pedro Acosta will start from fourth, with Augusto Fernandez eighth.

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 took on qualifying for the Thailand Grand Prix this Saturday, and both riders went directly into Q2. Pedro Acosta showed great pace to take fourth, with a spot on the second row. Augusto Fernandez worked hard and will start from eighth, on the third row.

FP3 was held in the dry, with conditions that were very different from Friday but favourable for setting a good lap time. Acosta was very comfortable from the start, continuing his good form on his debut at Buriram. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider lowered his times and was one of the fastest riders in the morning. After completing 19 laps, his 1:35.887 lap took him to second place. Fernandez has worked hard to get a good feeling, although he had to fight to stay in the Top 10. He improved his times to finish FP3 in tenth place, with a 1:36.326 on his 15th attempt of 19.

In Q2, high temperatures forced the riders to give their all from start to finish. Acosta adapted very quickly and fought for the top spots on the grid. On his eight laps, his best time of 1:35.956 placed him fourth on the grid, continuing his progress and positioning him well for his first Thai Grand Prix. Fernandez worked to set a good lap and find a strong pace ahead of Sunday’s race. With a total of eight laps completed, he clocked the eighth fastest time, with a 1:36.130, putting him on the third row.

The 24-lap Moto2 race of the Thailand Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 1:20 PM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) 1:35.625
2. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 1:35.710 +0.085
3. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:35.889 +0.264
4. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:35.956 +0.331
5. Celestino Vietti (Kalex) 1:35.973 +0.348
8. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.130 +0.505

#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

“I’m happy with qualifying after how we did in FP3. It was a matter of finding a good lap, although it’s a bit more difficult for me in terms of acceleration. Starting from the third row is good, especially because we have a decent race pace and I feel strong. The race will be long and very physical if it’s dry, but I have a good feeling and I think we can get a good result. I’ll try to get to the front as soon as possible and fight to take as many points as possible.”

#51 PEDRO ACOSTA

“This was one of our best qualifying sessions this year. Little by little we are becoming more competitive on Saturdays, and it was something we had pending to do. We are ready for tomorrow, I have worked hard, I have the pace and we can be competitive and fight for a good result.”

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