Podium and Top 10 for Acosta and Arenas at Malaysian Grand Prix12/11/2023
Pedro Acosta finishes in second place to become Moto2 World Champion, while Albert Arenas comes ninth.
The Malaysian Grand Prix had a great ending for Red Bull KTM Ajo. After finishing in second position, Pedro Acosta was crowned World Champion with two races remaining. Albert Arenas was very consistent throughout the race and placed an excellent ninth.
Acosta faced a crucial Sunday, with the opportunity to become Moto2 World Champion. He came through to clinch the title, having started from the second row of the grid and quickly moving up into second position. In a race in which pace and tyre management were crucial, he kept a cool head and secured the position. After 17 laps, Acosta took the chequered flag in second place, for his fourteenth podium of the season and becoming the 2023 World Champion with 320.5 points.
Arenas has completed a solid Malaysian Grand Prix. Although his qualifying result was not what he had hoped for, he was able to make a great start and climb positions. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider maintained a consistent pace to enter the Top 10 and, despite the difficult track conditions, completed an outstanding race, crossing the finish line in ninth position. With 79 points, he is fifteenth in the overall standings.
Red Bull KTM Ajo will return to work this coming week with the Qatar Grand Prix, which takes place from November 17-19th.
1. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 36:04.378
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +7.128
3. Marcos Ramirez (Kalex) +9.558
4. Ai Ogura (Kalex) +9.992
5. Jake Dixon (Kalex) +11.652
9. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +20.004
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2023
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 320,5 points
2. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) 243,5 points
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 183 points
4. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 162 points
5. Aron Canet (Kalex) 159 points
15. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 79 points
Moto2 Teams World Championship Standings 2023
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 399,5 points
2. ELF Marc VDS Racing Team 334,5 points
3. Beta Toosl Speedup 289 points
4. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 273 points
5. Pons Wegow Los40 243 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It has been an amazing three years working with him; a guy who surprises us every day with his maturity and cleverness. The most enjoyable thing is not only winning the two titles together but maybe more the feeling of what we’ve created together with Pedro, his family and the whole team. I also really want to thank the guys for all their effort and support all the way through 2023. Albert had a positive weekend despite the fact his qualifying position wasn’t the best. In any case, he has improved a lot during the whole season and he was competitive during the race until he finished ninth. Let’s keep working and keep improving in the next races.”
#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“It’s amazing. A second title in three years is incredible. Thanks to Aki, to KTM and to the team. We suffered a lot to understand how to go fast with this bike, because I was so small and so light, so at the beginning last year we struggled and I had a lot of crashes. This year we put all the mistakes I made right. The team have done an amazing job, I grew up with them during these years together. Today I was talking with Albert, my manager, and we remembered when I was riding the Rookies Cup and I got my first contract in the World Championship. If you aim for the moon, if you fail you are going to land on the stars. I don’t want to cry today because there are still two races to go with the team; in Valencia I will cry because I don’t want to leave.”
#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“First of all, congratulations to the team and to Pedro for the title. In the race I started to make up positions and make my way into the Top 10. I gave my all and I was on the limit, trying to stay on the bike whilst pushing to the brink. This was the most I could bring home, so I’m satisfied about having given 100%. In Qatar we will try to improve much more and keep pushing.”