Acosta smashes circuit record on first day of Valencian Grand Prix


The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider set the best time on Friday, while Albert Arenas was eighteenth.

The Valencian Grand Prix started well for Pedro Acosta, as the new Moto2 World Champion set the pace in both sessions and has set a new circuit record. Albert Arenas worked hard to improve his times, finishing in eighteenth position overall.

Practice 1 featured low temperatures that hindered the session for the intermediate class, with a noticeable lack of grip. However, Acosta pulled out all the stops to break the circuit record. He set the pace once again and clocked a 1:34.024 on his penultimate lap. Arenas focused on achieving a good rhythm and improving his times. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider completed a total of 19 laps and was just outside the Top 10. With a time of 1:34.637, he finished in eleventh position.

The afternoon session was dominated by Acosta again. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider went one step further and broke his own circuit record from the morning. The Spaniard continued to improve lap by lap, achieving an outstanding 1:33.768 on his penultimate attempt. Arenas did not have the same good feeling as in the morning and struggled to find the best setup for his bike. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, who put in 20 laps, was not able to match his morning pace and his best lap left him in 24th position. His 1.35.054 put him 18th on the combined timesheets.

Moto2 qualifying will begin this Saturday at 1:45 PM at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Results (Combined practice sessions P1-P2)
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:33.768

2. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) +0.132
3. Aron Canet (Kalex) +0.183
4. Jake Dixon (Kalex) +0.236
5. Sam Lowes (Kalex) +0.248
18. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.869

Valencia is a circuit at which we have always adapted quickly and that we know very well. We have been competitive every time we have raced here, so we will try to get the bike ready for the race, since it is important for me to get a good result this weekend. It is my last race with the team and I want to enjoy every moment to the fullest. It’s a weekend without pressure, so we’re going to focus on being strong in every session and enjoying ourselves.

The first day in Valencia is over. The first training session was quite positive and we tried to improve in the second session, although we did not achieve what we were looking for. We have good data to see which direction to take tomorrow and continue preparing for Sunday’s race.