Fruitful Jerez test for Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas15/03/2023
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo finish first and sixth respectively.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team completed two days of testing at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto this week. Both riders have started the 2023 preseason with a good feeling after a long winter break, in which Acosta was the fastest during the two days, while Arenas finished in sixth position.
With the track open from 10 AM to 6 PM, Pedro Acosta set the best time on Tuesday, two tenths of a second quicker than his nearest rival. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider maintained a good pace, underlining that he is one of the leading riders in the class. Arenas worked to find a good feeling with the bike and in the last part of the day he improved his times to set the third best lap, 0.3s off the top spot.
Wednesday presented again perfect track conditions for the riders. Acosta led the way from start to finish, and focused on improving specific aspects of his bike for the start of the season. After completing 125 laps throughout the two-day test, he left Jerez satisfied with the work done with his team. Arenas continued working to adapt to his bike and feel more comfortable. The Moto2 rider was one of the frontrunners and progressed throughout the test, finishing sixth, 0.5s behind his teammate, after completing 100 laps.
Acosta and Arenas will return to action this Friday at the Official Test in Portimao, from March 17-19th at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.
Aki Ajo – Team Manager:
“We are happy because the weather has been stable for both of the two days, so we had the opportunity to pick up from where we started at the end of November. After a long break it is important to get used to working with the team again and to connect with the riders. We have also tested some new parts and made comparisons, but of course our work continues in Portimao and we need to do a lot of trying out things. In any case, we are happy with the work by the group and both of the riders. Now our work continues at Portimao.”
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“I’m satisfied with these two days of testing, after almost four months out in the winter break. I was looking forward to getting back on the bike and I think I took a big step forward. We’ve tried out quite a few things. It was important to improve in certain aspects compared to last year and we have taken a good step forward. The Portimao test will be quite good for us and it is important to continue in the same way. The team have worked very well and we have clear ideas for the next test.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“This has been an intense test. These were the first with the team and we have worked hard to adapt. We have been focused on continuing learning, to improve my riding. I’m happy with the result, we were fast and I think we can be competitive this season. The work continues in Portimao and we are clear about the way to go at the next test.”