Pole and Top 10 for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 in Germany17/06/2023
Pedro Acosta earns first pole position of the season, while Albert Arenas is ninth.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo had a positive Saturday at Sachsenring. Pedro Acosta achieved his first pole position of the season, amidst mixed conditions. Albert Arenas continued to make progress and achieved the ninth fastest time in the Moto2 qualifying session.
The third and fin Moto2 practice was held under rain and with a large amount of water on the track. Acosta and Arenas preferred not to take any more risks than necessary and worked to find a good feeling in the conditions. Acosta completed a total of 16 laps and finished in fourth position, with a time of 1:35.197, on his 16th lap of 18. Arenas continued to improve and felt more and more comfortable, even in wet conditions. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider took a step forward and completed practice in 14th position, with a time of 1:36.375.
The Moto2 qualifying session took place in the afternoon. The German circuit had a dry track and Acosta fought from the beginning to lower his times, right from his first runout. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made a quick pit stop and after changing tyres he made the most of his potential to complete his best lap on his penultimate attempt, earning his first pole position of the season with a time of 1:23.858. Arenas also had a good qualifying run at Sachsenring, fighting for the top rows of the grid. The Spaniard will finally start from ninth position, on the third row, thanks to his 1:24.380.
The 25-lap Moto2 German Grand Prix race will start at 12:15 PM local time on Sunday.
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:23.858
2. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 1:24.127 +0.269
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:24.158 +0.300
4. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:24.204 +0.346
5. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 1:24.264 +0.406
9. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:24.380 +0.522
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“It’s always good to be on the front row of the grid. Also, I think this weekend is going to be tough because I haven’t worked on my pace so much. I think we’re going to step a bit into unknown territory after Lap 10, and there will be 15 remaining. It’s going to be a long and hard race, in which we’ll try not to make too many mistakes and gradually move into a good spot. Our starting position is good, so we’ll make the most of it.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“Qualifying was the only dry session we’ve had. It was short, but we took advantage of it to work on our pace for tomorrow’s race. We’re on the right track and I can somewhat confirm the improvement in terms of our feeling. We’ll see tomorrow if we can have a solid race and we’ll keep working hard with the team.”