Second and third row for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 at CatalanGP


Pedro Acosta will start from ninth position on the grid, with Albert Arenas in fifth.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo completed the second day of the Catalan Grand Prix with qualifying on Saturday. Albert Arenas put in his best performance to date and will start from fifth on the grid, whilst Pedro Acosta will take off from the third row, in ninth.

Practice 3 took place under good conditions that allowed all riders to improve their times. Acosta continued working on his pace and immediately went quicker than on Friday. He led the standings and was one of the most consistent competitors, eventually going seventh with a 1:44.565 set on his penultimate attempt. Arenas also proved to be steady in the session, remaining inside the Top 5 throughout. He would conclude in an outstanding fifth position thanks to a time of 1:44.560, +0.577s behind first place.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders made their way directly into Q2. Both Acosta and Arenas tried to take the top spots from the start, and the current World Championship leader gave his all until the last laps, although unfortunately his final attempt was canceled out when he was on course for the best time of the session. He will start from ninth on the grid, but Acosta remains confident after having been one of the most consistent riders throughout the weekend. Arenas continued to run a strong pace, although he was also able to set a fast time over a single lap. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider achieved his best qualifying result of the season and will start fifth thanks to his 1:44.374, set on his penultimate lap.

The 21-lap Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 12:15 PM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:44.089
2. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:44.184 +0.095
3. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:44.214 +0.125
4. Manuel Gonzalez (Kalex) 1:44.215 +0.126
5. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:44.270 +0.181
9. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:44.374 +0.285


“This circuit is one where we have suffered the most this season, and we have worked throughout the weekend with the race in mind, even in qualifying. We have focused on finding a good pace and we are happy with the results. We have been competitive in that sense and I am confident for tomorrow. I am focused on riding my own race and being able to continue to take good results.”


“It has been a positive second day for us. I managed to find a good balance that allows me to ride the bike well and feel more comfortable. We have been consistent with the times and set a good lap. It wasn’t perfect because the conditions were difficult, but I am happy with the work that we did. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s race; it’s my home Grand Prix and I want to finish it in the best way possible.”