Masterful victory for Acosta at Italian Grand Prix11/06/2023
Pedro Acosta earns his third win of the year at Mugello. Albert Arenas crashes out on the final laps to finish 23rd.
The Italian Grand Prix was dominated by Pedro Acosta, who achieved victory with a large advantage over his rivals. Meanwhile Albert Arenas started from fifteenth position and suffered a crash on the closing laps when fighting for the points.
Acosta faced a demanding race at Mugello with a clear strategy, as he quickly moved into first position off the front row of the grid and laid down his own pace for the duration of the 19-lap contest. Acosta once again showed that Mugello is a track at which he feels comfortable, despite it being one of the fastest and toughest on the calendar. After riding alone until the end, he took the chequered flag more than six seconds ahead of his nearest rival, earning his third win of the season. With 99 points he is second in the overall standings.
Arenas did not have the best of weekends in Italy. The Moto2 rider started from the fifth row of the grid, and had to fight in a packed group. After gaining places on the first lap, Arenas looked to find a good feeling with the bike despite the high temperatures. Unfortunately he suffered a crash at Turn 1 with 4 laps to go. Although he was able to rejoin, he finished 23rd. Arenas is thirteenth in the series with 27 points.
The team travel to Germany this week for the second race of a European triple header, which will take place from June 16th-18th at Sachsenring.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 35:38.328
2. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) +6.194
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) +8.582
4. Aron Canet (Kalex) +8.847
5. Celestino Vietti (Kalex) +9.534
23. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2 laps
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2023
1. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 119 points
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 99 points
3. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 71 points
4. Filip Salac (Kalex) 69 points
5. Aron Canet (Kalex) 65 points
13. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 27 points
Moto2 World Championship Team Standing 2023
1. Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 163 points
2. Red Bull KTM Ajo 126 points
3. MB Conveyors SpeedUp 99 points
4. Pons Wegow Los40 94 points
5. QJMotor Gresini Moto2 91 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
Even after a dominant weekend, Pedro was so strong from the beginning of the race. We had a good grid position and he has improved a lot in the practices during this year. Especially in the race, Pedro again showed how he can control himself. I’m really proud of him and the team are working very hard behind him. We have a good dynamic to earn more points in the next few races. Unfortunately, Albert crashed during the race and we lost out on the points. His grid position wasn’t optimal for this race, and now we have to understand everything well and come back stronger at Sachsenring.
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
I’m happy with this Grand Prix. The team worked very hard in the three-week break to try to improve some things that we were struggling with. They have pushed as much as I have and we have managed to recover from the crash at Le Mans. It has been a good race in which I managed the pace well. It’s my second victory at Mugello, a difficult circuit, so we’re very happy heading to the next race in Germany.
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
I didn’t have a good day at Mugello. The feeling wasn’t the best and I wasn’t comfortable on the bike. Even so, I gave it my maximum and despite the slip I tried to finish the race to get the best information for Germany. The positive thing is that in 5 days we are back in action.