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Austrian Moto2, Qualifying | Acosta shrugs off early fall for third pole of season

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Pedro Acosta, KTM Ajo, 2023 Moto2, Austrian Moto2, Spielberg, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Pedro Acosta didn't allow an early tumble prevent him from taking a comfortable pole position for the Austrian Moto2 at Spielberg as he looks to build on his newly acquired championship lead.

The Spaniard had been hot favourite for pole position after dominating free practice, though the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider did put himself under pressure with a slip off at Turn 2 on his first flying lap.

Despite this, Acosta would return to circuit and blow his rivals out of the water with a best time of 1m 34.040secs, a full three tenths up on the opposition.


The chasing pack will be led by Ai Ogura, who - much like he was in practice - the closest rival to Acosta, albeit a fair distance behind in second.

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Joining them on the front row will be Celestino Vietti, the Fantic Racing rider enjoying one of his strongest qualifying performances of the season to place in third.

Jake Dixon was once again the best of the Brits with a solid run to fourth, the GasGas Aspar rider eager to use this event to make up ground lost from his lap one crash last time out at Silverstone.

Somkiat Chantra made it two IDEMITSU Honda Asia bikes inside the top five with his run to fifth place, ahead of British Moto2 winner Fermin Alderguer, who rounds out the second row in sixth.

Having lost the lead of the points' table at Silverstone, Tony Arbolino faces another uphill task to reclaim it back from Acosta from seventh on the grid, the Italian starting ahead of Albert Arenas and Manuel Gonzalez on row three.

Aron Canes was one of a handful of riders to take a tumble during the session, leaving him tenth, while Alonso Lopez was another to come down to force him into 11th.

Sam Lowes too was another to fall, the Briton facing another difficult Sunday as he battles back from 14th on the grid, while Rory Skinner gets away from 24th on the American Racing Kalex.

Austrian Moto2, Spielberg | Qualifying Results

Friday | Conditions - Dry, Sunny
2023 Austrian Moto2 | Spielberg, Austria | Qualifying Results | Round 10 of 20
RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 34.040
2Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 34.311
3Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 34.445
4Jake Dixon🇬🇧Autosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 34.532
5Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 34.590
6Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 34.639
7Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 34.728
8Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 34.737
9Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 34.857
10Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 34.859
11Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 35.045
12Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 35.048
13Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 35.082
14Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 35.197
15Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 35.209
16Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 35.311
17Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 35.605
18Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 35.676
19Izan Guevara🇪🇦Autosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 35.222
20Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 35.289
21Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 35.304
22Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 35.316
23Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 35.349
24Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 35.380
25Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 35.554
26Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 35.675
27Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 35.919
28Mattia Rato🇮🇹Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 36.125
WBarry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex
WAlex Escrig🇪🇦Forward TeamForward

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