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Indian Moto2, Friday Practice | Arbolino gets better of Acosta late to top Buddh timesheets

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Tony Arbolino, Marc VDS Racing, 2023 Moto2, Indian Moto2, Buddh, action [Gold & Goose]

Tony Arbolino earned an early psychological advantage over title rival Pedro Acosta as he topped the timesheets on the opening day of action for the inaugural Indian Moto2 at the Buddh International Circuit.

The Italian has been left trailing in his rival’s wake since ceding the lead to Acosta since the end of the summer break, Arbolino facing down a deficit of 33 points with eight rounds remaining.

However, after it looked as though form man Acosta would end Friday in front in the Indian heat, Arbolino sneaked ahead with his final lap of the day thanks to a 1m 52.105secs lap.


Giving him a slender 0.065s advantage over the Spaniard, though it is likely times will continue to fall in P3 on Saturday morning, it will still represent a much needed confidence boost for the Marc VDS Racing rider.

A close run thing between the leading three riders, Ai Ogura was third quickest on the IDEMITSU Honda Asia bike, followed by P1 pace setter Somkiat Chantra, while Jake Dixon was also off to a solid start with a run to fifth best on the GasGas Aspar.

Manuel Gonzalez and Filip Salac hold down sixth and seventh spots on the timesheets provisionally, with Aron Canet, Marcos Ramirez - continuing to impress since returning to Moto2 action with American Racing - and Celestino Vietti rounding out the top ten.

Elsewhere, Sam Lowes could only manage the 18th best lap time as one of the riders to arrive to the circuit late owing to visa issues, while Rory Skinner endured a day to forget in 29th.

2023 Indian Moto2 | Buddh International Circuit | Combiend Practice Results [P1+P2] | Round 13 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 52.105
2Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 52.170
3Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 52.188
4Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 52.451
5Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 52.642
6Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 52.671
7Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 52.715
8Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 52.800
9Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 52.822
10Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 52.832
11Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 52.912
12Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 52.914
13Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 52.915
14Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 52.962
15Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 52.986
16Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 53.037
17Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 53.066
18Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 53.112
19Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 53.339
20Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 53.374
21Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 53.379
22Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 53.533
23Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 53.602
24Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 53.771
25Sean Dylan Kelly🇺🇸Forward TeamForward1m 53.787
26Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 53.819
27Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 53.948
28Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 54.087
29Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 54.195
30Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 54.577

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