Outstanding start for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 on cold day at British Grand Prix04/08/2023
Pedro Acosta is fourth at Silverstone, with Albert Arenas eighth.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo finished the first day of the British Grand Prix with a very good result and both riders in the Top 10. Acosta was fourth on the combined timesheets after leading the way in Practice 1, while teammate Albert Arenas felt very comfortable from the start, concluding in eighth.
Despite low temperatures on track, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders were competitive from the start, with Acosta in the Top 5. After losing some positions, he recovered and maintained a good pace with which he took the lead after the first 10 minutes. After a pit stop, he continued in the Top 3 and snatched a late top spot thanks to his 2:05.399. Arenas, for his part, had a good feeling from the first moment and quickly moved into the top 10. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider improved positions lap after lap and after 14 attempts he was sixth with a time of 2:05.489.
Practice 2 allowed Acosta and Arenas to adjust their setups for the coming days. The leader of Practice 1 enjoyed a solid session and finished in fourth position with a 2:04.752 on his fifth lap of 15, and had his best time cancelled. Arenas continued the same positive work that he had shown in the morning. The Spanish rider worked on his setup and felt very comfortable on the British circuit, remaining in the Top 10. After 15 laps, he set his fastest time: a 2:05.211 on lap 8 that put him in eighth place.
Moto2 qualifying will begin on Saturday at 1:45 PM local time.
Results (Combined practice times FP1 – FP2)
1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 2:04.357
2. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 2:04.420 +0.063
3. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 2:04.494 +0.137
4. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:04.752 +0.395
5. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 2:05.108 +0.751
8. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:05.211 +0.854
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
Last year we couldn’t ride here, and baring in mind we were starting from scratch with the Moto2 bike it has gone quite well. The team have a lot of experience and have worked very hard to find a setup that fits my style. It has been very positive to start the weekend being competitive. We have to be happy; tomorrow it seems that there will be rain but we are prepared for any circumstance.
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
It’s our first day back at Silverstone. It was a cold day, but we worked hard. The feeling was good, although we have some areas to improve. We will continue to work on them together with the team ahead of the race. Tomorrow we will keep an eye on the weather, since it seems that it is going to rain. We take things day by day and concentrate on our plan.