Pedro Acosta finishes 8th in challenging #QatarGP, Albert Arenas 21st
The Qatar Grand Prix concluded this Sunday with a demanding race for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders. Pedro Acosta recovered positions after a difficult start and finished in eighth place, while Albert Arenas was only able to come home 21st. The positive news was the confirmation of a third Team World Championship in as many years.
Acosta faced the Moto2 race still suffering from some discomfort. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider, who started from the third row of the grid, lost some places off the line, but returned to the Top 10 after the initial laps. After the first few laps, Acosta moved back up to the top 10 in the standings and maintained a steady pace, which allowed him to to take another step forward of consequence on the closing laps. The newly crowned World Champion of the intermediate class tried to reach the Top 5, although he finally crossed the finish line in eighth position.
Arenas also faced a difficult Sunday at the Lusail International Circuit. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider did not enjoy the best feeling onboard his KTM from the start of a race in which tyre management was also an important aspect throughout the 18 laps. Arenas tried until the end in a difficult race and worked hard to recover positions and fight for the points. However, the intermediate category rider could only finish twenty-first.
The new Team Champions will sign off the 2023 season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo next weekend, at the Valencian Grand Prix.
The race went well. We made a mistake at the start and that affected our race, since the front wheel became very hot. I think the fightback, which happened when the tyre temperature dropped, was good, with competitive times. Now we have to face the last GP of the season. We have motivation and a good feeling on the bike, so we’ll give it 100%.
The race didn’t go as we expected. It has been a Grand Prix to forget and we have to turn the page. I can take away the fact that I gave 100%, but it was not to be. We will analyse everything to see what happened and improve for the next race. Now we have a few days at home to regroup and get to Valencia in as best shape as possible for the last weekend of the season, giving our all.