Pedro Acosta on the podium with 3rd in #JapaneseGP, Albert Arenas 18th
This Sunday, the Japanese Grand Prix race was held at Mobility Resort Motegi. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders faced a demanding race, in which Pedro Acosta finished in third position, taking his third podium of the year. Albert Arenas tried to gain positions and placed eighteenth.
After starting the race from the second row of the grid, Acosta was clipped early on and dropped to sixth place. The current Moto2 World Championship leader quickly increased the pace and was able to climb to third position in the space of just a few laps. Acosta maintained a consistent pace on the Japanese circuit and did not want to take excessive risks, securing important points. He crossed the finish line in third position, finishing on the podium for the third consecutive race and the eleventh time this season. He increases his lead in the title fight to 50 points.
Albert Arenas started the race 20th, which forced him to make a comeback from the start. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider faced a demanding race in which the field was progressively stretched out. The Spanish rider tried to increase the pace and began to close the gap, with the points zone as his target. After the first half of the race, Arenas managed to reach the sixteenth position although in the final stretch he went down to 18th, where he took the chequered flag. Arenas has 61 points and is fourteenth in the overall standings.
The next race for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo is in 2 weeks in Indonesia, from October 13-15th.
I didn’t get a good start due to being clipped and I lost time on the first lap. This hindered us a bit, since we weren’t able to make up the distance to those at the front. It’s still a positive result because we leave Japan with a podium. It is always positive to continue adding points, and even more so on a weekend that did not go entirely as we wanted, but we were still able to be competitive. We will continue working to improve at the next race in Indonesia.
It was tough race in Japan. It was a challenging weekend and we knew it would be beforehand, but we made good progress -although today the race didn’t go as I had wanted. We found some pace and we also worked hard to be in contention. We will take away the positives, and it will help us to face the coming races.