Pedro Acosta takes prominent pole at the British Grand Prix05/08/2023
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider claims his second pole position of the season, with teammate Albert Arenas eighteenth.
Qualifying for the British Grand Prix featured some challenging circumstances for the Moto2 riders. After a tricky Practice 3 in heavy rain, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders experienced mixed results in Q2. Pedro Acosta achieved his second pole position of the season, by a large margin, whilst Albert Arenas suffered an early crash and could only place 18th.
The intense rain and low temperatures in Practice 3 made things tough for the intermediate class, and Acosta faced Practice 3 aiming to avoid taking too many risks – instead focusing on getting a good feeling in wet conditions. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider set the thirteenth fastest time on his ninth lap of 12, with a time of 2:26.024. Arenas aimed to not make mistakes and improve his lap time and feeling with the bike. The Moto2 rider completed a total of 12 laps, getting his best time of 2:29.124 on his penultimate attempt for 22nd place.
Although the rain held off in Q2, the session was nevertheless wet. Acosta quickly felt comfortable and remained in the Top 5, making a push on the final laps and, with his final hot lap, clocking a 2:16.953 that was 0.7s faster than any other rider. He will start from pole at the British GP. Further back will be Arenas, who despite feeling comfortable suffered an early crash in qualifying that prevented him from making a time attack. He will be in eighteenth position on the grid, on the sixth row.
The 17-lap Moto2 race takes place on Sunday 6th August at 2:30 PM local time.
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:16.953
2. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 2:17.653 +0.700
3. Zonta VD Goorbergh (Kalex) 2:17.664 +0.711
4. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 2:17.880 +0.927
5. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 2:17.989 +1.036
NC. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – 18th on the grid
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
We have to be happy after today. It was a tough day due to the conditions, but we can say that we are competitive in all the circumstances that have occurred this weekend. We are resolving many things that last year we were not so strong in. Practice 3 was not the time to push because there was a lot of water, so we took the opportunity to continue improving for qualifying. Our goal was to be on one of the first three rows and we got pole position, so it was a really positive day. We have to be focused on our race and stay calm tomorrow.
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
It was a tricky day due to the rain and the cold. I started with a clear objective in qualifying and I felt good, but I had a crash at the beginning that left me with no chance of setting a hot lap and I’m going to be far back on the grid. We have a chance to recover, as yesterday we had a good pace. It seems that it will be dry tomorrow, so we have the information from Friday with which to do our best. I want to apologise to the team for the crash, but tomorrow I will start out with the determination to have a good race.