Pole position and circuit record for Acosta at the Austrian Grand prix


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


“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.”


“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.”