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French Moto2 Practice Results | Lowes shows Acosta the way again at Le Mans


Sam Lowes continued on from where he left off at Jerez by topping the timesheets on the opening day of action for the 2023 French Moto2 at Le Mans.

Fresh from claiming a dominant tenth career victory last time out in Spain, Lowes - who suffered two crashes in the cooler conditions of Practice 1 earlier in the day - turned his fortunes back around with rapid final time attack effort during the closing stages of Practice 2.

Stopping the clock at 1m 36.178secs to dethrone long-time pace setter Pedro Acosta, Lowes remained top as the flag fell, just under a tenth ahead of the championship leading Spaniard.


Alonso Lopez turned in the third fastest time of the day to complete an identical top three to that of the Spanish MotoGP, though the SpeedUp rider was one of several riders to take a tumble around the notoriously tricky French venue.

QJmoto Gresini's Filip Salac continued to shine over single lap with the fourth fastest time of the day, ahead of Fantic Racing's Celestino Vietti and GasGas Aspar's Jake Dixon in sixth, the latter Briton shrugging off one of several front-end folds into the tricky cambered Turn 7 left-hander.

Championship contender Tony Arbolino ensured both Marc VDS Kalex machines featured well inside the top ten in seventh, with Somkiat Chantra (Honda Team Asia), Albert Arenas (KTM Ajo) and Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 MasterCamp) rounding out the top ten.

With Le Mans living up to its reputation for pushing bike's grip levels to the limit, Moto2 saw its fair share of falls over the course of the day, not least Aron Canet who - after surviving a wild ride on the exit of the final corner - proceeded to crash properly moments later, then again upon returning to the circuit later in the session.

Similarly, American Racing's start to the weekend was dictated by four crashes - two each for Sean Dylan Kelly and Rory Skinner - within the first-half of P1.

Compounding what has been a tough start to the French Moto2 for the Scottish rider, he could only manage the 28th fastest time.

French Moto2 | Practice 2 Results

P1 + P2 Times Combined | Le Mans | Conditions - Dry, Sunny, Warm
2023 French Moto2 | Le Mans, France | Practice 2 Results | Round 5 of 20
1Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.178
2Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 36.183
3Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 36.271
4Filip SalacCZEQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 36.477
5Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex1m 36.491
6Jake DixonGBRAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 36.514
7Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.637
8Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.650
9Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 36.844
10Manuel GonzalezJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 36.929
11Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.934
12Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 36.951
13Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 36.975
14Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 37.001
15Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 37.050
16Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 37.097
17Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 37.107
18Marcos RamirezESPForward TeamForward1m 37.111
19Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 37.181
20Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex1m 37.194
21Jeremy AlcobaESPQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 37.258
22Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 37.294
23Izan GuevaraESPAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 37.485
24Zonta van den GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 37.511
25Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 37.593
26Senna AgiusAUSHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 38.007
27Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex1m 38.580
28Rory SkinnerGBRAmerican RacingKalex1m 38.722
29Alex EscrigESPForward TeamForward1m 39.575
WKohta NozaneJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex

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