Acosta and Arenas arrive in Phillip Island ready for a new race week18/10/2023
The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo face the Australian Grand Prix with high expectations.
The sixteenth round of the 2023 season takes place this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix. Phillip Island welcomes Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas for the second of three consecutive races, following a win and a fifteenth place for the pair in Indonesia.
Acosta made a statement with victory in Indonesia, his seventh of the season. With this result he breaks further clear in the title fight, and this weekend he will look for another win at Phillip Island. Last year he was on the podium, in second position, at the Australian Grand Prix. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider has accumulated 12 podiums this season and leads the standings with 277 points.
Arenas is targeting a consistent weekend, and has rostrum form at Phillip Island from his time in Moto3. He is focused on working from Friday to do his best at this Grand Prix, and comes into the contest fourteenth overall with 62 points.
Red Bull KTM Ajo lead the Team standings with 339 points. Aki Ajo’s team were on the podium at Phillip Island with Pedro Acosta in 2022. In 2019, Brad Binder and Jorge Martin were first and second respectively; while in 2018 Binder also won the race. Furthermore, in 2017 they had another 1-2 with Miguel Oliveira and Binder. The Moto2 race will be run over 23 laps, and will begin at 12:15pm on Sunday.
Circuit information – Phillip Island Circuit
Length: 4.448 m / 2.764 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 7
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 900 m / 0.559 miles
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“After the victory in Indonesia we come to Phillip Island with great motivation. Last year we were on the podium here in Australia and, together with the experience we have this year, I think we can do well this weekend. We will see what the conditions are like. We have clear ideas to continue working on this weekend.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“Australia is a different circuit to the last ones we have been to. Let’s see what we can do at Phillip Island, where it will be important to feel comfortable on the bike. It is a legendary circuit on the calendar, and we want to get our feeling back and improve on the results of the last few races.”