Good feeling for Acosta and Arenas on first day in Indonesia13/10/2023
Pedro Acosta is the fastest rider of the day, while Albert Arenas finishes in eighth position.
The Indonesian Grand Prix provided an intense Friday for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders. Pedro Acosta was the fastest rider in the intermediate class, despite suffering an early crash in Practice 1. Albert Arenas took a big step forward in terms of his feeling, and finished in eighth place.
The first session started unexpectedly for Acosta. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider suffered an early crash when he had completed just two laps. Shortly after, the session was stopped due to technical problems in the facilities, but although Acosta was feeling well, he was not able to resume the session and thus placed thirtieth with a time of 1:38.344. Arenas showed great progress and was very consistent, using Practice 1 to ride alone. He improved his times to take seventh position on the timesheets, thanks to his 1:35.438 set on his penultimate lap.
Practice 2 was a new challenge for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo due to the high temperatures. Acosta was solid and quickly occupied the top spots, as the World Championship leader became the pacesetter until the closing minutes. He would then have a late push to clock a 1:34.456, setting a new circuit record and becoming the fastest rider of the day. Arenas continued working with the same plan as in the morning, looking for a good feeling. He lowered his times and remained among the top positions, completing a total of 18 laps. On his last attempt, a 1:35.043 put him in eighth.
The Indonesian Grand Prix Moto2 qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday from 1:45 PM local time.
Results (Combined practice times P1 – P2)
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:34.456
2. Aron canet (Kalex) 1:34.636 +0.180
3. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:34.678 +0.222
4. Manuel Gonzalez (Kalex) 1:34.769 +0.313
5. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:34.780 +0.324
8. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:35.043 + 0.587
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“The day ended quite well, despite the crash this morning. It was something unexpected to crash so early, on the third lap. I feel sorry for the team because they had to work hard to get the bike ready for Practice 2. We knew it was a tricky circuit, but we were able to turn the situation around and in the afternoon we improved a lot. We know what we need to work on and we will continue in the same way for qualifying.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“It has been an intense first day. We were able to do many laps and we worked hard. I felt very comfortable with used tyres and we managed to be consistent, so tomorrow we will try to work more with new tyres and improve the feeling for the start of the race. We are going to continue concentrating, as the conditions are tough with so much heat, but I have improved a lot in terms of my feeling and a Top 10 is a good way to end the weekend. Tomorrow we will go out there and give it our all in qualifying.”