Fernandez and Acosta start final stretch of 2022 at Australian GP12/10/2022
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will contest the eighteenth round of the season at Phillip Island.
Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta will compete in the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, continuing the run of flyaway rounds. After a tough race in Thailand due to rain, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders arrive at one of the most iconic circuits in the Moto2 World Championship determined to get good results.
Fernandez remains the series leader with 238.5 points after finishing seventh in Thailand, in a race that was curtailed by heavy rain and eventually stopped owing to the treacherous track conditions. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider has very clear ideas about how to approach the weekend and wants a victory that would keep him in front in the title chase.
Acosta faces another unfamiliar circuit, where the weather will have a big effect on the weekend. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider struggled in Thailand, where he finished sixteenth. Acosta continues to make progress, and, with 132 points, he is sixth in the overall standings and is the best rookie in the intermediate class.
Red Bull KTM Ajo have achieved good results at Phillip Island in the past, with ten wins at the Australian track. At the last race held there, in 2019, Brad Binder and Jorge Martin were first and second, respectively. Binder also won in 2018, whilst in 2017 he was second, with Miguel Oliveira as the winner.
Circuit information – Phillip Island Circuit
Length: 4.448 m / 2.764 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 7
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 900 m / 0.559 miles
37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“I’m really looking forward to this Grand Prix after the strange race we had in Thailand. We know that the weather is going to be changeable at Phillip Island, so we will have to adapt to the situation. We have to fight in the race on Sunday and the main objective is to win, in order to continue leading the standings.”
51 PEDRO ACOSTA
“Australia is going to be an important race. We will have to adapt well to the conditions because the forecasts are for both dry and wet sessions. I think Phillip Island will be a turning point for the flyaways. It’s a new circuit for me and I really want to get to know it, so we’ll try to do our best from the first session onwards.”