Pole position and circuit record for Acosta at the Austrian Grand prix19/08/2023
Pedro Acosta takes his third pole of the year, while Albert Arenas is eighth at Red Bull Ring.
Saturday qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix concluded with a good result for Red Bull KTM Ajo. Pedro Acosta achieved his second consecutive pole -his third of this season- breaking the circuit record. Albert Arenas took a step forward and consolidated his good feeling after setting the eighth fastest time.
The Moto2 duo faced the third and last Practice of the weekend with clear objectives after a positive Friday. Acosta established a good pace and quickly improved his times. The current World Championship leader broke the circuit record and was once again the rider to beat, thanks to his 1:33.523 lap on his 12th attempt of 14. Arenas started the day with optimism after a somewhat bittersweet Friday. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made the most of the session and improved his times to enter the Top 5 and finish in an outstanding fourth position thanks to a 1:34.163.
Moto2 qualifying was once again led by Acosta. Despite suffering a small crash at Turn 2, he came back and beat his own time from the morning to set a new circuit record for the second time on Saturday, clocking a 1:34.040 that was +0.2s quicker than his nearest rival. Arenas had a good feeling with his KTM despite the high temperatures and he worked hard to get the best possible position for the race. He completed a good qualifying session and achieved his best time on his eighth and last lap: A 1:34.737 which places him eighth.
The 23-lap Moto2 Austrian Grand Prix will start on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring at 12:15 PM.
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:34.040
2. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:34.311 +0.271
3. Celestino Vietti (Kalex) 1:34.445 +0.405
4. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:34.532 +0.492
5. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) 1:34.590 +0.550
8. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:34.737 +0.697
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“It has been a very positive weekend so far. We have been strong every day and without a doubt we have taken a big step on Saturdays. We are competitive in qualifying, and it is being reflected in the results. It is a continuous progression and every time we go out there we are taking a step forward on the bike. We have to be happy; tomorrow is an important race here in Austria and we want to finish it off in the best possible way.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“After yesterday, today it was important to rebuild, and we got back to being competitive from the beginning. We rode good laps and we had a good pace. In qualifying we tried to find a good time, so it is a pity that they cancelled one of my laps due to yellow flags. We are in a good position for tomorrow. Thanks to the team for all the effort they put in yesterday to have the bike ready today. Tomorrow we will give it our all.”