Strong start for Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas at Dutch GP23/06/2023
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo finish second and sixth, respectively on day one in Assen.
Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas ended the first day of the Dutch GP with very positive results. Acosta set the second fastest time his first taste of Moto2 at Assen, while Arenas had one of his best days of the season, finishing in an outstanding sixth.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo started Practice 1 on good track conditions. Acosta was riding at Assen for the first time with a Moto2 bike, and found a good feeling with his KTM from the opening laps. He showed a good pace during the 19 laps that he completed in the session, and placed fourth, one tenth behind the fastest rider, with a time of 1:36.999 achieved on his 14th lap. Albert Arenas had a great start to the weekend. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider moved up positions throughout the session and finished the session with a time of 1:37.933, in fifteenth position.
In the afternoon session the wind made it difficult for the Red Bull KTM Ajo pair to ride. Despite the conditions, Acosta and Arenas improved their times from the morning and made notable progress compared to Practice 1. Acosta continued to show that he is one of the men to beat and set the second best time of the day with a 1:36.609 on his penultimate lap of 19. Arenas made it clear that Assen is a favourable circuit for him and maintained a solid pace. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider finished with the sixth fastest time thanks to his 1:36.966, clocked on his 14th lap of 19. With these results, both riders occupy Q2 positions.
Moto2 qualifying will begin on Saturday at 1:45 PM local time at the TT Crcuit Assen.
Results (Combined practice times P1 – P2)
1. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:36.463
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.609 +0.146
3. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 1:36.773 +0.310
4. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:36.818 +0.355
5. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:36.844 +0.381
6. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.966 +0.503
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
Our objective was to be as competitive as possible from the beginning. We started well for a Friday in which we had no references from last year. The objective will be to be on the first and second row and, if possible, fight for pole position, although we know it will be difficult at this circuit. We want to be as competitive as possible on Sunday, and that comes from getting a good position on the grid. We are focused on our objective and tomorrow we will go out there to give our best.
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
It has been an intense day in Assen. We are going to try to continue in the same way tomorrow to continue finding a good feeling and improve a little for qualifying. This afternoon we will finish fine-tuning some aspects and we will be 100% focused on continuing the same way all weekend.