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Italian Moto2, Mugello Practice 3 | Acosta lap record, Skinner wiped out

Gold and Goose

Pedro Acosta heads into qualifying for Round 6 of the 2023 Moto2 World Championship as the hot favourite for pole position in the Italian Moto2 after breaking the lap record in final practice at Mugello.

Fastest in Friday Practice too, Acosta kept his rivals at bay in the quick Saturday morning session, putting two tenths between himself and the competition, while his 1m 50.514 represented a new lap record too.

He was chased by Fermin Aldeguer, the Speed Up rider popping up late on, while Jake Dixon survived the Q2 cut with a surge up the order on the GasGas Aspar late on to third.


Fresh from scoring the second podium of his Moto2 career last time out in France, Filip Salac was fourth best on the QJMOTOR Gresini, as Sam Lowes rounded out the top five despite suffering with a bout of ill health.

Elsewhere, Moto2 Championship leader Tony Arbolino left it late to haul himself out of the bottom reaches of the top twenty to safely secure his Q2 passage in seventh, while Mattia Pasini - a wild-card this weekend with the Fieten Olie team - proved something of an interloper by reaching Q2 automatically, unlike team-mates Barry Baltus and Zonta van den Goorbergh.

Rory Skinner's eventful weekend continued with a nasty accident towards the end of the P3 session.

After causing P2's red flag when an off led to his bike continuing upright for a stretch before spiralling back onto the circuit, Skinner was already feeling the effects of the smash when he was struck by an errant Jeremy Alcoba at Turn 4, whose attempt to slip up the inside resulted in a front-end washout.

Clearly catching Skinner unawares, the awkward landing on his feet means he has been taken to the medical centre for further checks.

Italian Moto2, Mugello | Practice Results FP1, FP2 & FP3 Combined

Saturday | Conditions - Dry, Sunny, Warm
2023 Italian Moto2 | Mugello, Italy | Practice Results Combined | Round 6 of 20
1Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 50.514
2Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 50.706
3Jake DixonGBRAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 50.774
4Filip SalacCZEQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 50.917
5Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 50.939
6Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 51.084
7Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 51.088
8Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 51.100
9Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex1m 51.124
10Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.154
11Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 51.239
12Mattia PasiniITAFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.365
13Manuel GonzalezJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 51.399
14Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 51.442
15Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 51.499
16Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.620
17Darryn BinderRSAHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 51.672
18Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.698
19Jeremy AlcobaESPQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 51.751
20Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 51.787
21Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.801
22Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex1m 52.123
23Zonta van den GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 52.170
24Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 52.248
25Izan GuevaraESPAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 52.333
26Marcos RamirezESPForward TeamForward1m 52.619
27Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex1m 52.757
28Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAForward TeamForward1m 53.439
29Taiga HadaESPPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 54.910
30Rory SkinnerGBRAmerican RacingKalex1m 54.259
31Kasma DanielMALYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 54.918

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