Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team contest hard-fought qualifying in Indonesia14/10/2023
Pedro Acosta sets the fourth best time, while Albert Arenas is fourteenth.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team have faced a demanding Saturday in qualifying for the Indonesian Grand Prix. Pedro Acosta fought for the top positions in a very tight Q2, finishing in fourth position. Albert Arenas looked to find a good feeling and will start from the fifth row, in fourteenth.
The third and final practice session for the intermediate class saw consistent improvement by the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders. Acosta continued in the top positions and worked on his pace ahead of Sunday’s race. The current World Championship leader was very steady and placed third with a 1:33.970, set on his 11th lap of 14. Arenas was not as comfortable as he was on the previous day, but clocked his best time of the weekend with a 1:34.463, which placed him in eleventh.
Both riders went directly into Q2. Acosta continued with his good feeling and fought for pole position. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider pushed in a hotly-contested final few minutes, but placed just off the front row and only +0.043s off pole. With a time of 1:34.198, he will start the race from the second row of the grid, in fourth. Arenas improved his feeling compared to the morning, and completed a total of 9 laps. Unfortunately, his best lap was cancelled, and therefore he will take off from the fifth row, in fourteenth position, thanks to a time of 1:34.613. He was just +0.458 off pole.
The 22-lap Moto2 race will begin at 1:15 PM on Sunday at the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit.
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:34.155
2. Manuel Gonzalez (Kalex) 1:34.158 +0.003
3. Filip Salac (Kalex) 1:34.174 +0.019
4. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:34.198 +0.043
5. Fermín Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 1:34.226 +0.071
14. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:34.613 +0.458
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“It has been a good day and we focused on working with the race in mind. It was a little difficult to be competitive on our fastest lap. The team are working very well and little-by-little we are improving the points that we are finding the hardest. Tomorrow we will try to have a good race and fight for the top positions.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“The day didn’t go as I expected, I didn’t manage to set a good lap and unfortunately they cancelled my best time. I felt better in qualifying than in Practice 3, and that’s positive, but I still don’t feel 100% comfortable. Tomorrow we start from a little far back in the race, but I will give it my best from the start and try to make up positions.”