Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas complete front row in Thailand


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders finish second and third, respectively, in qualifying.

An outstanding Saturday for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team at the Thai Grand Prix saw both Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas among the fastest riders in qualifying. With the second and third best times, respectively, both will start this Sunday’s race from the front row of the grid.

The third and final practice of the weekend once again featured Acosta as the fastest rider in the intermediate class. The Spaniard continued working with a focus on the race, and improved his times en route to setting the circuit record at Buriram. Acosta continued to have a very good feeling and achieved a time of 1:35.297. Arenas took a big step forward after the first day of the Thai Grand Prix. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider also has an improved feeling with the bike and fought to enter the Top 10. With the objective of moving into Q2 fulfilled, Arenas was twelfth with a time of 1:36.735.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo enjoyed one of their best sessions this season in Q2. Both Acosta and Arenas went from strength to strength in qualifying: The Moto2 World Championship leader fought for pole and, with a time of 1:35.548, took second position, placing on the front row for the tenth time this year. Arenas focused on completing a solid qualifying session, then pushed to set his best time and fight until the end for a place on the front row on the grid. His 1:35.690 gave him his best qualifying result this season and put him in third place.

The 22-lap Moto2 Thai Grand Prix will begin at 1:15 PM local time at the Chang International Circuit on Sunday 29th October.

Results (Qualifying)
1. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 1:35.371
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:35.548 +0.177
3. Albert Arenas(Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:35.690 +0.319
4. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:35.710 +0.339
5. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) 1:35.788 +0.417


“We knew that today’s qualifying was going to be difficult for us, but we are happy because we are all working very well for tomorrow’s race. It will be long and very hot, so we concentrated a lot on pace. Our goal is to try to be competitive from the beginning and we have a good starting position for that.”


“In these conditions we were all on the limit. I focused on setting my perfect lap more than on the final position. After some difficult races, we have pace and a good feeling again. It was a matter of believing and continuing to work. I’m very happy with the result and for the team, so now it’s time to focus on tomorrow and see how the race goes.”