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French Moto2 Qualifying Results | Sam Lowes breaks lap record to fix pole at Le Mans


Sam Lowes notched up a second successive pole position ahead of the French Moto2, the in-form Briton turning it on in fine style by setting a new lap record at Le Mans.

Fresh from his confidence-boosting pole-to-flag victory last time out in the Spanish Moto2, Lowes proved his searing pace in Jerez was no fluke as he left his rivals trailing by a sizeable 0.3secs.

Having had his first couple of time attacks hampered by traffic and yellow flags, Lowes dug deep to produce a flyer with just over five minutes of the session remaining. Stopping the clock at 1m 35.791secs, it made Lowes the only rider to dip under 1m 36secs and broke Pedro Acosta's lap record.


A 20th career Moto2 pole position, Lowes heads into Sunday's race chasing a tenth career victory but will face competition on the front row from SpeedUp's Alonso Lopez and Marc VDS team-mate Tony Arbolino.

The Belgian squad had looked on course for a 1-2 as Arbolino overcame a run of average qualifying form to join Lowes at the head of the grid, only for Lopez to leave it late to squeeze between them in second.

Arbolino's front row gives him the edge over Acosta - the rider he shares the Moto2 World Championship lead with - with the KTM Ajo rider forced to settle for fifth behind Filip Salac after having his final lap scuppered by the red flag being deployed as final runs were being completed.

Celestino Vietti completes row two, ahead of Somkiat Chantra and Jake Dixon, the GasGas Aspar rider the latest to fall victim at the tricky Turn 7 left-hander in the final minutes.

Manuel Gonzalez and Barry Baltus round out the top ten, ahead of Fermin Aldeguer, Albert Arenas and Aron Canet, the latter having been the culprit in the late red flag after he came off at Turn 2 and his Pons Wegow bike made a bid for freedom up to Turn 3.

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French Moto2 | Qualifying Results

2023 French Moto2 | Le Mans, France | Qualifying Results | Round 5 of 20
1Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 35.791
2Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 36.036
3Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.053
4Filip SalacCZEQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 36.135
5Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 36.169
6Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex1m 36.178
7Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.180
8Jake DixonGBRAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 36.225
9Manuel GonzalezJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 36.354
10Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 36.437
11Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 36.474
12Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 36.537
13Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 36.686
14Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 36.726
15Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 36.794
16Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.998
17Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 37.005
18Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 37.060
19Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex1m 36.726
20Jeremy AlcobaESPQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 36.836
21Marcos RamirezESPForward TeamForward1m 36.959
22Zonta van den GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 36.966
23Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 37.123
24Senna AgiusAUSHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 37.134
25Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 37.426
26Rory SkinnerGBRAmerican RacingKalex1m 37.642
27Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex1m 37.827
28Izan GuevaraESPAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 37.879
29Alex EscrigESPForward TeamForward1m 38.500
WKohta NozaneJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex

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