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German Moto2 Friday Practice | Acosta carries momentum, Dixon top five

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Pedro Acosta continued the momentum from his victory at Mugello by topping Friday Practice timesheets for the German Moto2 at the Sachsenring just a few days on.

In a week that has seen Acosta dominate the headlines amid heated speculation over his future within the KTM fold, the Spaniard put the furore to the back of his mind by leading the way in P1 with a 1m 23.979s.

It’s a benchmark that would stay firm up top come the end of the day after rain during the lunch break made conditions too sketchy for rivals to attempt a faster effort in P2.

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Indeed, though slick tyres would make an appearance in the closing stages, no-one improved on their morning efforts, leaving P1 to set the order heading into Saturday.

Behind Acosta, Alonso Lopez ran the KTM Ajo rider closest with a 1m 24.216secs effort, with Manuel Gonzalez enjoying a strong start to the weekend with a run to third on the Yamaha VR46 MasterCamp Kalex.

Filip Salac was quick again over a single lap to hold down fourth, ahead of Mugello podium winner Jake Dixon on the Aspar-run GasGas bike, Fermin Aldeguer and Joe Roberts.

Championship leader Tony Arbolino settled for eighth, though the Marc VDS rider had the distinction of leading the way in the weather affected P2 session, ahead of Aldeguer and Somkiat Chantra. 

Sam Lowes followed his team-mate on the final timesheets in ninth, with Bo Bendsneyder completing the top ten.

German Moto2, Sachsenring | Combined Practice Results [P1+P2]

Friday | Conditions - Damp, Drying
2023 German Moto2 | Sachsenring, Germany | Combined Friday Practice Results | Round 7 of 20
PosNameNat.TeamBikeTime
1Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 23.979
2Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 24.216
3Manuel GonzalezJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 24.280
4Filip SalacCZEQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 24.407
5Jake DixonGBRAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 24.464
6Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 24.484
7Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 24.509
8Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 24.707
9Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 24.758
10Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 24.789
11Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 24.850
12Jeremy AlcobaESPQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 24.970
13Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex1m 24.987
14Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex1m 25.077
15Darryn BinderRSAHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 25.091
16Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 25.102
17Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 25.120
18Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 25.162
19Marcos RamirezESPForward TeamForward1m 25.187
20Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 25.214
21Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 25.234
22Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex1m 25.323
23Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 25.480
24Zonta van den GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 23.529
25Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 25.721
26Izan GuevaraESPAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 25.734
27Carlos TatayESPAmerican RacingKalex1m 25.755
28Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAForward TeamForward1m 26.278
29Kasma DanielMALYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 27.044
30Taiga HadaESPPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 28.300

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