Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas return to work at Motegi27/09/2023
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders take on the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo move on from the Indian Grand Prix to a date at Motegi, as the Japanese Grand Prix continues the series of flyaway races. Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas will both fight for the top positions in the race, which comes at the business end of the Moto2 season.
Acosta became the first ever winner of a Moto2 Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, writing his name in the history books. He led the race from start to finish and achieved his sixth victory of the season. Acosta now faces a new challenge at Motegi, where he will try to continue to extend his lead of the World Championship -in which he has 236 points. Last year he finished in seventh position in Japan, and this time around his objective is to challenge for the podium.
Arenas had a difficult weekend in Buddh, due to shoulder discomfort and following an injury. He improved his feeling throughout the weekend and managed to climb positions in the race, entering the points with a fourteenth place finish. This weekend he hopes to continue taking steps forward with the coming rounds in mind. Arenas was eighth in last year’s Japanese GP and he is currently fourteenth in the overall standings with 61 points.
Red Bull KTM Ajo were on the podium in Japan in 2022, thanks to a second position for Augusto Fernandez, and in 2019 with third place for Jorge Martin. The Moto2 team leads this year’s Team standings with 297 points. The 19-lap Japanese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 1:15 PM.
Circuit information – Mobility Resort Motegi
Length: 4.801 m / 2.983 miles
Width: 15 m / 49.21 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 762 m / 0.473 miles
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“Last year we had a good weekend in Japan, despite the rain. We were able to make up many positions and finished in the Top 10. We have to stay calm and continue working as we have been. It will be important to score as many points as possible and not make mistakes.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“I have tried to regain fitness after the Indian Grand Prix. It is important to do my best in Japan. I was able to pick up some pace in India and I am motivated. Motegi is a circuit that I like and where I have gone well in previous years. We will take things day-by-day and want to continue working on my recovery and gaining more pace with the bike, in order to have a good weekend.”