Podium and Top 10 for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 in Buriram29/10/2023
Pedro Acosta takes second position, while Albert Arenas finishes seventh.
This Sunday’s Thai Grand Prix race saw the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders take off from the front row of the grid. Pedro Acosta maintained second position from start to finish, achieving his thirteenth podium of the year. Albert Arenas was seventh, in a race where the conditions were very demanding.
Acosta faced an important weekend in Thailand. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider was clear about what his objective was this Sunday and, after starting from second on the grid, Acosta kept up a good pace from start to finish. The leader of the intermediate class held onto second position after a good start. Tyre management was a big factor due to the high temperatures, and Acosta managed to keep a cool head and secure the position, taking him to 300.5 points in the overall standings. He will have another opportunity to become World Champion in Malaysia.
Arenas had achieved his best qualifying result of the season, and started from third position. He had enjoyed a positive weekend in terms of his feeling on the bike, and once again appeared more comfortable and consistent throughout. Arenas worked to have a solid race, although he lost some positions on the opening laps. The Spanish rider was able to recover and maintain the pace to fight for the Top 5, finishing in seventh position and achieving one of his best results of 2023. With 72 points, he is fifteenth in the overall standings.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will return to work in 10 days’s time at the Malaysian Grand Prix, held from November 10-12th at the Sepang International Circuit.
Results (Moto2 race)
1. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 35:20.880
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +3.481
3. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) 1:35.788 +9.794
4. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) +12.923
5. Ai Ogura (Kalex) +14.451
7. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +15.030
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2023
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 300,5 points
2. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 237,5 points
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 172 points
4. Aron Canet (Kalex) 159 points
5. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) 143,5 points
15. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 72 points
Moto2 Teams World Championship Standings 2023
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 372,5 points
2. ELF Marc VDS 319,5 points
3. Beta Toosl Speedup 264 points
4. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 250 points
5. Pons Wegow Los40 243 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Pedro was again strong the whole weekend, as he has been in the last few races. Today we didn’t have a chance to fight for the win and, as he has done many times, Pedro rode a really clever race to manage the tyres in these challenging, hot conditions. Twenty points and second position is good. We need to be very happy with this result. Albert had a strong weekend and we are really happy with the work that he has done during these last few days. He had an excellent qualifying yesterday and a strong race today. This race brings us much more confidence to fight for the top positions in the last races of the year.”
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“We went into the race thinking that if we did what we had to do, we couldn’t ask for more. We competed with our heads more than with our hearts and we scored some good points. We are still in the fight for the title, and that is the important thing. Today, both the team and I gave our best. This week we will take the opportunity to rest up as much as possible and arrive with a fresh mindset for Malaysia.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“Today it was important for me to finish the race. I couldn’t make my best start from the front row, but we had more speed again. I’m not entirely happy with the result, but we were at our true level. We have discovered where we can take another step forward and we can’t wait to take it in Malaysia. The most positive thing is that we have finally returned to the point where we were before my injury, and we can be more competitive in the remaining races.”