Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 start German Grand Prix with good feeling16/06/2023
Pedro Acosta begins the weekend at the Sachsenring fastest, with Albert Arenas in eleventh position.
The German Grand Prix got off to both a sunny and rainy start for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders. Pedro Acosta was once again an early pacesetter, heading the combined timesheets. Albert Arenas took a step forward and improved his feeling to finish in eleventh place.
Moto2 Practice 1 got underway with the threat of rain at Sachsenring. However, the showers held off and the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo took to the track. Acosta remained in the top positions and continued his strong form from the start of the season. After completing 21 laps, he set the best time in the class with a 1:23.979. Arenas felt more comfortable with the KTM compared to the previous weekend, which allowed him to fight for the Top10 until the final moments. Arenas put in a total of 20 laps, in which he achieved his best time on his penultimate lap. Thanks to his 1:24.850 he finished in eleventh position.
Practice 2 posed a completely different scenario for the pair. Earlier rain meant that the afternoon practice sessions were wet, and thus no rider was able to improve their times from the morning. With this in mind, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo worked with a focus on gaining experience and getting a good setup for the conditions. Acosta did not want to take unnecessary risks on the demanding Sachsenring circuit, although he finished the practice very positively, setting a 1:30.712 for 14th. Arenas continued to take steps forward, finding a better feeling despite the delicate state of the track, reaching the front positions. After 20 laps, he placed 13th with a 1:30.201. Both riders were in Q2 spots, with Acosta first overall and Arenas eleventh.
Moto2 qualifying will take place on Saturday at 1:45 PM local time.
Results (Combined practice times P1 – P2)
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:23.979
2. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 1:24.216 +0.237
3. Manuel Gonzalez (Kalex) 1:24.280 +0.301
4. Filip Salac (Kalex) 1:24.407 +0.428
5. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:24.464 +0.485
11. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:24.850 +0.871
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
The beginning of the weekend has gone very well. Practice 1 helped us a lot to work on our pace and to find out which tyres are the most appropriate for Practice 3 tomorrow. I think we have been quite competitive both in the wet and in the dry, and that’s always very positive. Tomorrow we’ll try to work a little more on our pace in FP3 and we’ll be focused for qualifying.
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
Today the conditions were very changeable: Dry in the morning and wet in the afternoon. I believe that the feeling is coming along, I’m focused on what we have to improve and that helps me to keep things going. I’m satisfied with the work done with the team and tomorrow we will continue in the same way. I’ll take away the fact that the feeling improved and I am looking forward to more tomorrow -and to start enjoying riding here.