Rueda stays at the front places and Zurutuza improves his feeling in Jerez

The Moto3 duo complete their second day of the Official Test in second and 22nd place.

The final test of the 2024 preseason is proving to be very satisfactory for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team. Jose Antonio Rueda was once again one of the fastest riders on Thursday, finishing second on the combined timesheet. Xabi Zurutuza took another step forward to feeling better and placed 22nd.

Rueda feels increasingly stronger onboard the new KTM bike. The Spaniard was one of the dominant forces on Thursday, achieving the best time of the morning session. Consistent in each runout, he showed that he will be one of the riders to beat this season. In the afternoon session, Rueda once again led the way, although he was unable to improve his times due to a drop in temperatures. After completing 69 laps, he finished the day in second position with a time of 1:43.640.

Zurutuza made progress from the first day in Jerez. He continues working on improving his confidence and finding a good feeling with the bike, despite having discomfort after a crash on Wednesday. Zurutuza enjoyed three productive sessions, managing to increase his feeling and at the same time find a good setup for his KTM. Like his teammate, he also completed 69 laps, ending the second day in 22nd with a 1:46.065.

The third final day of official testing will take place on Friday from 11:20 AM.

Combined Results (Day 2)
1. David Alonso (CFMoto) 1:43.315
2. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:43.640 +0.325
3. Collin Veijer (Husqvarna) 1:43.816 +0.501
4. Ivan Ortola (KTM) 1:44.057 +0.742
5. Ryusei Yamanaka (KTM) 1:44.079 +0.764
22. Xabi Zurutuza (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.065 +2.750

#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA

“I’m feeling pretty good. We have tried some new things and they have gone much better than yesterday, with good results, so we are on the right track. We are going to continue testing things, although the setup is good already and has helped us to have a good pace riding alone, which will help us during the season. Then we will be off to Qatar, a circuit that I like and that I think we will be very good at.”

#85 XABI ZURUTUZA

“The second day of testing is over and we only have one more to go. Today was a difficult day because this morning, when I woke up, I had some pain in my neck and back area due to my crash yesterday. We have improved our feeling compared to yesterday, although that was not reflected in the results. We have worked hard and tomorrow we will try to continue like this to be able to obtain the results we deserve.”

Jose Antonio Rueda close to the top at start of Jerez test

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo finish the day in second and fifteenth position, respectively.

The Circuito Jerez – Angel Nieto received the Moto3 field this Wednesday to begin the last Official Test before the first race of 2024. Both Jose Antonio Rueda and Xabi Zurutuza performed well, improving their times and working to find the best feeling with their new bike. Rueda was just 2 thousandths of a second away from achieving the best time of the day, while Xabi Zurutuza was 21st.

Rueda made progress from the start of the day. The Spanish rider, who came off a strong test in Portimao consolidated his improvement on this first day in Jerez. A good pace allowed him to occupy the Top 10 since Session 1. However, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider completed his best session at midday, when he set the best time of 1:44.358. In the third and final session, Rueda tried to improve his times again and, despite not achieving it, remained in the Top 3, as well as second in the combined times, just 2 thousandths of a second off the top spot after 67 laps.

Zurutuza continues to take great steps adapting to a new category. The young Spanish rider started with a good pace, working on fine-tuning his feeling with the bike and new tyres above looking for a hot lap. A heavy crash in the second session prevented him from completing the maximum number of laps possible, but Zurutuza returned in the third session to complete a positive day, in which he finished in 21st place after 47 laps and a best time of 1:46.119.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo will return to work on Thursday at 10:00 AM local time.

Combined Results (Day 1)
1. David Alonso (CF Moto) 1:44.356
2. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:44.358 +0.002
3. Daniel Holgado (GASGAS) 1:44.409 +0.053
4. Collin Veijer (Husqvarna) 1:44.445 +0.089
5. Adrian Fernandez (Honda) 1:44.488 +0.132
21. Xabi Zurutuza (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.119 +1.763

#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA

“I had a very positive feelings. The weather was very good for us and we were able to try different things I think we have a setup that works quite well for us. We are going to continue working to find what suits us best. I am happy and I look strong for this year.”

#85 XABI ZURUTUZA

“It has been a day of progress, in which we sought a good setup and a good feeling with the bike. I had a crash in the second session that slowed us down a little, but I am fine and I was able to complete the rest of the day. We still have two more days of testing ahead of us, and the objective is to improve and be higher up the order.”

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 start final stretch of preseason in Jerez

Celestino Vietti and Deniz Öncü enjoy a productive Wednesday on the first day of the Jerez test.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team is at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto this week, where they have taken part in the first day of the last official pre-season test. Celestino Vietti and Deniz Öncü made the most of the three sessions to get further acquainted with their bikes ahead of the 2024 campaign. Vietti and Öncü were 14th and 25th, respectively, overall.

Vietti started the day well and made good progress, despite the fact that the track temperature was somewhat low early in the morning. The Italian set his best time on the last lap of Session 1, taking fourth place. Unfortunately, he suffered a small crash at the beginning of the second session that prevented him from remounting and improve his laptime. In the final session, Vietti continued working to find a good setup, and he completed a total of 56 laps overall. His 1:41.738 lap, achieved this morning, put him 14th.

Öncü arrived in Jerez raring to go, having not had as much track time as expected in Portimao due to the weather conditions. The Turkish rider is working hard to quickly adapt to a new class and riding style. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider was comfortable, which was reflected in his improvement in lap times since the start of the morning. He made his way into the Top 15 at one point, and completed three very positive sessions with his team, achieving his best time in the third. In total, he put in 79 laps and finished 25th on the combined timesheets, with a 1:42.389.

Vietti and Öncü will be back on track on Thursday from 11:20 AM local time.

Combined Results (Day 1)
1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:41.136
2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 1:41.158 +0.022
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:41.164 +0.028
4. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 1:41.283 +0.147
5. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) 1:41.301 +0.165
14. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.738 +0.602
25. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.389
+1.253

#13 CELESTINO VIETTI

“I’m happy, as we’ve started in a good way and also the weather is helping us to work better. Unfortunately, I crashed in the first part of the second session, so we couldn’t improve our feeling, but I’m quite happy because in the last session we started better and had more speed. Tomorrow we will start from there and continue working to improve the bike and my riding style.”

#53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ

“It’s our first day here, we’ve done 79 laps and I’m quite positive at the moment about how we’ve started. Now I’m beginning to understand the bike and the riding style I need. At the moment, we are just enjoying ourselves and trying to understand how to ride the Moto2 bike. We will keep working tomorrow.”

Vietti and Öncü complete rain-affected test at Portimao

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo start 2024 with two days of testing at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.

Red Bull KTM Ajo got their 2024 season preparations underway during this weekend. Celestino Vietti and Deniz Öncü travelled to Portimao for the opening test of the year, but rainy conditions meant they could only participate in one of the two scheduled days.

Vietti faced the weekend with a lot of motivation and focused on adapting to the team’s methodology. The Italian, in his first season with the structure, did not take to the track until Thursday afternoon, when conditions had improved after morning rain. Vietti made the most of the final hours of the session and completed a total of 37 laps, posting his best time on his 31st attempt with a 1:44.701 and feeling good with the bike. Unfortunately, the intense rain on Sunday prevented him from riding on the final day.

Öncü continued his adaptation to a new class. The Turkish rider, who moves up to Moto2 in 2024, followed the same strategy as his teammate and worked intensely during the final stretch of Saturday’s session. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider had a good feeling despite the fact that the track was not the most favourable for the task at hand, making progress before the end. On the second day, Öncü also did not go out on track, continuing to work with the team in the box to get ready for the next test. He leaves Portimao after having completed 39 laps and setting a best time of 1:47.287.

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team travel directly to Jerez for the Moto2 Official Test next week, from February 28th to March 1st.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Unfortunately the weather hindered these days of testing with the Moto2 team. At least on Saturday we were able to do some laps in dry conditions at the end. Even it wasn’t the whole day, it was an important job in order to get information about the new tyres and the new suspension. We decided to not test on the second day to keep one more day of private testing available for fully dry conditions. We will continue testing at Jerez next week to prepare for the 2024 season in a good way”.

#13 CELESTINO VIETTI
“Finally we got back on track and I’m really happy about that. We were a bit unlucky because of the weather, but we could do some laps on Saturday. We still need more laps and more time to understand everything in order to adapt to the bike and the team. Unfortunately, today we couldn’t ride due to the weather and we waited for the track to dry, but it wasn’t possible. We stayed in the box checking some data and looking at some new things that we can try out in Jerez. We are on the right track with our work and we hope for good weather for the next test.”

#53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
“The first day wasn’t a long one because of the weather conditions, but at least we were able to do some laps. I’m in the moment of understanding the riding style needed and the bike, but I enjoyed myself quite a lot. Unfortunately, we couldn’t ride today due to the heavy rain, so we decided to work with the team and prepare more things for the Jerez test next week. We still have three more days before the season starts, so let’s keep working to make more progress.”

Good start to 2024 for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3

Jose Antonio Rueda and Xabi Zurutuza complete two productive days of testing in Portimao.

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo got back to work with their preparations for 2024 with a two-day test in Portimao. Jose Antonio Rueda and Xabi Zurutuza were both in action at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, and although changeable weather conditions affected the workload, both left satisfied.

Rueda started the first day with a very good feeling and set the pace in the first session. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider, who will be in his second season with the team in 2024, worked with determination despite the fact that rain made an appearance throughout the weekend. The Moto3 rider had a great first day, fighting for the top positions from start to finish. On the second day, Rueda remained among the Top 10 and focused on finding a good feeling with the new bike and tyres. He completed 96 laps and achieved a best time of 1:47.692.

Zurutuza continues with his adaptation to both the team and the class. He made progress on the first day, improving his feeling and his times. Undeterred by the intermittent rain, present throughout the day, he managed to place fourth in the last session on Thursday. On the second day, the Spaniard continued working intensely and focused on getting familiar with the bike, feeling better and finishing all the sessions in the Top 10. Zurutuza put in a total of 95 laps, setting a top time of 1:49.008.

Vicente Perez also participated in testing on Friday afternoon. The Spaniard will be the substitute rider for Zurutuza in the Qatar and Portugal Grands Prix, as he will not yet have reached the minimum age to compete. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team will return to work next week with the Official Test, which will be held at the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto from February 28th to March 1st.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager:
“Of course it has been a very important two days of testing here in Portimao, after a long winter break. It’s important to have the whole team together again and test in different conditions and on different tracks. We haven’t been together since the Valencia test in November, so it’s been a busy few days testing the new bike. We haven’t had the best conditions but, as I mentioned, we have been able to work in different situations. Next week at Jerez we will continue working to prepare for the season”.

#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
“The first day I had a very good feeling, trying out new things and seeing where we can improve. The rain didn’t let us ride as much as we wanted, but we didn’t want to take a risk, because the wind was also very strong. I really like this year’s bike and I am very comfortable riding it. The second day didn’t go as we wanted in terms of our time attack, but I made progress towards the end of the day. It has been a slightly irregular day due to the rain, but we tried to make the most of these two days in Portimao.”

#85 XABI ZURUTUZA
“I leave Portimao very happy after these two days of testing. On the first day we worked on adapting and making progress, and I was even able to ride in the wet to test the bike and the new tyres in those conditions. On the second day we also continued to move forward and we managed to find a setting with which I am comfortable. I have a very good feeling with the team, so I’m looking forward to the next test at Jerez.”

 

Vietti and Öncü start 2024 preseason with two intense days of testing

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders have their first contact with their new team.

After an exciting end to the 2023 season, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team have already begun preparing for 2024 with two days of testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Celestino Vietti debuted with the team, while Deniz Öncü completed his first laps with a Moto2 bike.
Vietti is a new addition to the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, and the 22-year-old Italian rider has already met his future crew after the close of his third season in the intermediate class. On Monday he had his first runout with the team in the test, which featured the use of the new Pirelli tires for next season. Vietti seemed very comfortable and satisfied with the results, including on Wednesday, where a private test was carried out. On both days the Italian rider worked hard to make the most of the last days of work this year.
Öncü, who completed his best year in the Moto3 class in 2023, finally made his official debut in Moto2. He still had some physical discomfort from the weekend, although it was not an impediment to starting to get to know the class. He ended the two days with a positive feeling, already able to make some progress and understand the particularities of Moto2 for next season. In addition, he was also as comfortable as possible on a motorcycle that is completely new to him.
Both riders sign off 2023 well, and with clear ideas to start 2024 with the utmost motivation.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It is good to start a new preseason just after we finished the 2023 campaign last weekend. We had two very productive days with both new riders, welcoming Vietti to the team and with Deniz moving up to Moto2. These two days were very busy and we had many new things to adapt to, like the new Pirelli tires and the new WP suspension. Both the team and the riders are satisfied with the results of the test. They have helped us to prepare well for the work, looking forward to 2024.”

#13 CELESTINO VIETTI
“I’m very happy with the work we have done this week, and also with my crew. We have improved things, going step-by-step, to face the new season. Now it’s time to relax and be fresh for next year.”

#53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
“It was really nice riding the Moto2. I really enjoyed these last two days. I’m starting to understand how the bike works and I have to adapt my style to that. For sure, the information we have been collecting during these days is interesting for me because, during the winter, I can study it and find out what I have to improve for next season.”

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 close 2023 with two satisfactory days of testing in Valencia

Jose Antonio Rueda and Xabi Zurutuza worked with their new teams ahead of next season.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team completed two days of testing this week, just after finishing the last race of 2023. A Monday and Wednesday test served as the first contact for the team with the new riders for 2024: Jose Antonio Rueda will compete in his second year, accompanied by Spanish rookie Xabi Zurutuza.

Rueda is already fully focused on next season after concluding his first year in the Moto3 World Championship last Sunday. With hardly any rest, he got to work on Monday with his new crew to begin preparing for the 2024 season, which features several novelties for the Red Bull KTM Ajo structure. He not only tested the new Pirelli tires, but has also focused on KTM’s new features for next season, in two very positive and satisfactory days to conclude 2023.

Xabi Zurutuza is the new addition to the Red Bull KTM Ajo ranks for next season. The 17 year old Spanish rider focused on getting to know the bike and adapting to what will be his team in 2024. He also had the opportunity to learn first-hand about KTM’s improvements for their Moto3 machine in 2024. Both the future rookie and his teammate completed two intense days, full of work for all members of the team.

With this test, Red Bull KTM Ajo conclude 2023 and will work to prepare for the 2024 season in the best possible way.
 

Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It has been a very important test for our Moto3 team, as we have many changes in the structure. We’ve brought in Xabi Zurutuza as the new rookie rider, while Jose Antonio Rueda will complete his second year with the team. During the second day we focused on development with a complete new bike for next season. Both Jose Antonio and Xabi were really happy with the performance and ended the test with a good feeling. I want to thank KTM racing service for their work and their support on the track during this couple of days.”

#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
“We are very happy. We have managed to go fast with the new bike. In each run we tried new things; some were better and others worse, but we achieved a good setup for the bike with which I felt comfortable.”

#85 XABI ZURUTUZA
“These two days of testing have been very positive. I have a very good feeling, which gives me confidence and helps me to adapt quickly. The work we are doing is very good and we are making progress little-by-little. Today we tested the new bike and we drew very positive conclusions; I liked it from the first lap that I tried it out. Now all that remains is to continue improving and enjoying ourselves with the team for next year.”

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.”

#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“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!”

#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“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.”

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo complete outstanding farewell in Valencia

Deniz Öncü finishes in fifth position in his final Moto3 race, with Jose Antonio Rueda in sixth.

The Red Bull KTM Ajoc Moto3 duo competed in their last race of the season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Deniz Öncü fought for the podium until the last lap in his farewell from the class, finishing in fifth position. Jose Antonio Rueda crossed the line in sixth position after competing in the front group.

Öncü took off from the front row of the grid and made a great start, in which he was able to remain in the front group. After the opening laps, he took second place and tried to secure the position and even fight for the victory, despite feeling discomfort from a crash suffered on Friday. After dropping several places, he rejoined the leading riders and tried to regain positions until the last lap. Öncü finally crossed the finish line in fifth position.

Jose Antonio Rueda had one of his most complete races of the season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider started from seventh position, and he held the place after the initial laps. Rueda was able to stay in the front group to try to fight for podium positions. However, he was not able to keep up with the pace set by the leading riders and rode alone in the final section of the race. Rueda took sixth position, completing a great rookie season in the World Championship.

With these results, Öncü finished the season fourth overall with 223 points, while Rueda was ninth with 121 points. Red Bull KTM Ajo thank both for the great work that they have done with their respective crews in 2023.

Results (Moto3 race)
1. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 33:03.409
2. David Alonso (GasGas) +0.082
3. Ivan Ortola (KTM) +0.128
4. Collin Veijer (Husqvarna) +0.266
5. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.384
6. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +3.589

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2023
1. Jaume Masia (Honda) 274 points
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 268 points
3. David Alonso (GasGas) 245 points
4. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 223 points
5. Daniel Holgado (KTM) 220 points
9. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 121 points

Moto3 Teams World Championship Standings 2023
1. Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intanct GP 417 points
2. Leopard Racing 349 points
3. Red Bull KTM Ajo 344 points
4. Valresa GasGas Aspar Team 329 points
5. Angeluss MTA Team 289 points

Aki Ajo – Team Manager:
“We are very happy to have our two riders in the Top 6 here in Valencia, after a very long season. We feel that our pace and performance was enough to fight for even higher positions today. Deniz’s crash in P2 affected him a lot, so we are so happy that he could finish the race in that position. During this year Deniz has improved a lot, he has shown many times that he’s one of the fastest riders in Moto3 and he totally deserves to be in Moto2. Personally, I think that for Jose Antonio it was a really good race, although he expected to have an even a higher position. This is a process, it has been his rookie season, so he has learned a lot of things and, personally, my expectations are really high for him for next year”.

#53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
“We have finished the year and, also, my time in Moto3. We have had ups and downs during the year but I think that it has been a really positive season to gain experience and to see what our potential is. In this race I had pain in my back because of Friday’s crash and maybe we couldn’t finish the year in the way we wanted, but it’s ok. I have to thank all the people who have been supporting me during the year and, also, thanks to the team.”

#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
“Today we felt good, and from the beginning we were in the front group and I felt comfortable with the bike. From the middle of the race onwards, we lost ground a little and that made it difficult for us to overtake. We went with a short shift so as not to risk it, and otherwise we would have lost more time. Despite everything, we finished happy and in a good position, although I thought I had enough pace to fight for the podium. I thank the team for everything they have done for me; my first year in the world championship is something I will never forget. We have had a good season, finishing ninth in the standings. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and trusted in me, and to Aki for all the things he has taught me, which will surely help me continue to improve next year.”

Second and third rows for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 at Valencia GP

Pedro Acosta sets the sixth best time of the day, while Albert Arenas finishes in ninth position.

This Saturday, the packed Circuit Ricardo Tormo hosted the last qualifying sessions of this season. Red Bull KTM Ajo faced an intense day in which they fought for the best positions on the grid. Pedro Acosta will start his last race with the team in sixth position, while Albert Arenas will do so from the third row, in ninth place.

The third and final practice saw optimal track conditions to continue improving lap times. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo started the session looking for the best setup and a direct spot in Q2. Acosta focused on race pace after having clocked the best time on Friday. He couldn’t find the best feeling with his KTM and, after 15 laps, set his fastest time on the last attempt. A 1:34.103 put him in eighteenth position in a session that saw up to 20 riders within the same second. Arenas took a step forward to climb positions on the timesheets. After a pit stop, the Spanish rider improved his times to take tenth, with a 1:33.956. Acosta was sixth in the combined classification and Arenas eleventh, and both progressed to Q2.

In Q2, Acosta and Arenas had a tough session in which both had to put in extra effort to get a good position for the race. Acosta improved his morning time and took advantage of his final attempt to clock his best time. Thanks to his 1:33.762, he will start the race from the second row of the grid, in sixth position. Arenas also managed to lower his time, for his best lap since the start of the weekend. The Spaniard, who is also competing in his last race with the team this Sunday, will start from ninth position due to a time of 1:33.884.

The Moto2 22-laps race will take place this Sunday at 1:15 PM local time.
 

Results (Qualifying)
1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 1:33.314
2. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 1:33.488 +0.174
3. Marcos Ramirez (Kalex) 1:33.508 +0.194
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:33.573 +0.259
5. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:33.648 +0.334
6. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:33.762 +0.448
9. Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:33.884 +0.570

#37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“We are improving with every practice, although I lacked a bit of feeling in qualifying, but in the end a second row is very good. It is a good position to be able to get to the front from the beginning. Tomorrow we will take things calmly, it will be a fast race and we want to enjoy it.”

#75 ALBERT ARENAS
“Today we took a step compared to yesterday, with a feeling similar to those from Practice 1. Tomorrow we are going to enjoy every lap of the race and we are going to try to be in the fight to win, because we have the pace, so we are going to enjoy the last race of the year.”

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