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Italian Moto2, Mugello Qualifying | Canet takes pole but crash could rule him out

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Aron Canet, Pons Wegow Los40, 2023 Moto2, Italian Moto2, Mugello, action [credit - Gold and Goose]

Aron Canet took a surprise pole position for the Italian Moto2 at Mugello but may not get the chance to capitalise on it after suffering a painful crash in the minutes after setting the session-topping time.

In a season of ups and downs thus far, Canet - third overall in 2022 - looked to be back on the up when he made huge strides on his pace in Practice as he came across the line with a new lap record of 1m 50.706s.

Two tenths faster the existing marker, set just hours earlier by Pedro Acosta, it was enough to assure Canet pole position by a comfortable 0.2s margin over his fellow Spaniard.


However, there is a concern he won't be able to take the spot up after crashing heavily towards the end of the session. Destroying his Pons Wegow Los40 bike in the process, though Canet was up on his haunches, he could be seen clutching his hand or wrist, seemingly in substantial pain.

If he does get to the start line, Canet will be joined on the front row by Acosta and Sam Lowes, the Briton flying the flag for Marc VDS after championship leading team-mate Tony Arbolino could only manage ninth.

Joe Roberts made the most of the extra track time from coming through Q1 to score a vastly improved fourth on the grid aboard the Italtrans bike, ahead of Filip Salac and Jake Dixon, the GasGas Aspar rider making it two Brits inside the top six.

Lowes and Dixon will be the only British riders represented come race day after Rory Skinner was ruled out through injury.

Italian Moto2, Mugello | Qualifying Results

Saturday | Conditions - Dry, Overcast, Warm
2023 Italian Moto2 | Mugello, Italy | Qualifying Results | Round 6 of 20
1Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 50.796
2Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 50.955
3Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 50.958
4Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.008
5Filip SalacCZEQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 51.026
6Jake DixonGBRAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 51.038
7Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex1m 51.097
8Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.097
9Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 51.129
9Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.145
11Manuel GonzalezJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 51.245
12Jeremy AlcobaESPQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 51.325
13Darryn BinderRSAHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 51.519
14Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 51.696
15Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 51.737
16Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 51.748
17Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 51.824
18Mattia PasiniITAFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 52.237
19Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.741
20Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 51.975
21Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.979
22Zonta van den GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.983
24Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex1m 52.202
25Izan GuevaraESPAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 52.280
26Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex1m 52.334
27Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 52.356
28Marcos RamirezESPForward TeamForward1m 52.722
30Taiga HadaESPPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 53.172
31Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAForward TeamForward1m 53.489
31Kasma DanielMALYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 54.277
WRory SkinnerGBRAmerican RacingKalex

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