Acosta and Arenas say goodbye to Red Bull KTM Ajo in emotional race in Valencia


Pedro Acosta finishes in twelfth position, while Albert Arenas is tenth.

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo closed the curtain on an intense 2023 season. The duo of Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas were riding for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team for the last time in the class. Albert Arenas finished in tenth position after a demanding race, while Pedro Acosta was twelfth. The 2023 MotoGP World Champion signed off a three-year spell with the team as he moves up to MotoGP.

Acosta started his last Moto2 race from sixth position and, after a great start, moved up the order and tried to reach the top positions, although the race pace was very high. He took a gamble on this occasion, although with the objective for the season fulfilled, his main target was to enjoy his last race with Aki Ajo’s team. Acosta did not have the best feeling with his bike and began to lose positions, crossing the finish line in twelfth position. A double World Champion and the new king of Moto2 with the team, he leaves them at the end of 2023.

Arenas was also in his last race with Red Bull KTM Ajo, and took off from ninth. A consistent ride over the 22 laps kept him in the Top 10, and he had enjoyed a good feeling all weekend and wanted to finish the year in the best possible way. He took the chequered flag in tenth, keeping up his pace and demonstrating the progress he has made in the final stretch of the season.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo thus concluded a great season in which they were also proclaimed Moto2 Team World Champions. The team thank Pedro Acosta and Albert Arenas for their effort and dedication, and wish them all the best for the future.

Results (Moto2 race)
1. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 34:33.384
2. Aron Canet (Kalex) +3.986
3. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) +6.455
4. Marcos Ramirez (Kalex) +6.476
5. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) +7.060
10. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +12.549
12. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +14.044

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2023
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 332,5 points

2. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 249,5 points
3. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 212 points
4. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 204 points
5. Aron Canet (Kalex) 195 points
14. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 85 points

Moto2 Teams World Champioship Standings 2023
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 417.5 points
2. CAG Speedup 362 points
3. Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 353.5 points
4. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 311 points
5. Pons Wegow Los40 279 points

Aki Ajo – Team Manager:
“Today was a very emotional day, as we have finished our time with Pedro after three intense years. Starting out as that wild young boy, we’re finishing with this young mature man, who has really shown his potential, and clever and mature for his age. I’m lost for words when I talk about our memories, and I only can say thanks to Pedro and to his family and, also, to the partners that have been working with us during these years. In the case of Albert, I think that he finished the season very well here but I felt that he could even have fought for the podium. He has really improved in the last few races in this very tight class but, unfortunately, we could not fight for the top positions. In any case, I’m really happy for him and with the improvements he has made. I wish him luck for next season, even if he will be our competitor.”

“It’s nice to end my time in Moto2 and Ajo Motorsport here. The priority was to get the bike back to the box and finish in the best possible way. We have had three very good years together and I think it was not the time to throw that away for a race. I didn’t care about finishing far back, I just wanted to get to the box, so the goal was accomplished. They had never seen me cry before, and today I did. I have grown up with Aji in the paddock and he has taught me to be tough and cold as ice, but today we all ended up crying, so we are not so tough in the end!”

“It was a tough race from the beginning. There was a lot of contact on the opening corners that held me back, but I managed to overcome it and my pace was good. We could have fought for the podium but it wasn’t to be. We are happy because during the weekend we worked well and I was able to ride the bike as I like. That allowed me to have a good pace and say goodbye to the team with a solid race.”