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Italian Moto2 Practice | Acosta fastest on Friday after bizarre crash for Skinner

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Pedro Acosta topped the timesheets on the first day of action for the 2023 Italian Moto2 at Mugello as rising temperatures take their toll in Friday afternoon's P2 session.

Returning to action following a three-week hiatus, Acosta comes to Mugello bidding to put his costly crash out of contention at Le Mans behind, the Spaniard beginning his quest in style as the only rider to dip under 1min 51secs.

Set during the cooler P1 session, no rider inside the top six posted an improvement in the afternoon with Celestino Vietti chasing Acosta in second, followed by SpeedUp duo Alonso Lopez and Fermin Aldeguer.


Experienced Mattia Pasini, meanwhile, made a surprise appearance inside the top five, the Italian called up for his home round as a wild-card third entry for the Fieten Olie Racing GP squad.

Le Mans podium winner Filip Salac was sixth fastest on the Gresini Kalex, with Jake Dixon in seventh as the best of the rider to go quicker in the afternoon session.

Championship leader Tony Arbolino also made incremental gains to end his day in eighth place, just ahead of Marc VDS team-mate Sam Lowes, who was ninth despite a fall at Turn 1 in P1. Dennis Foggia completed the top ten ahead of his home round.

Meanwhile, third Brit Rory Skinner ended his day in 28th after being involved in a bizarre accident that forced the session to be red flagged for a time.

The Scotsman came down on the exit of Turn 14, but while he detached from his American Racing Kalex, it stayed upright to continue on by itself for around 100m. Running across the gravel,, the bike eventually lost balance and came down, only to them dig into the gravel to flick it into a series of barrel-rolls that took it back onto the track and landing in the middle of the asphalt.

Fortunately there were no riders immediately following and Skinner walked away unharmed.

Italian Moto2, Mugello | Practice Results FP1 & FP2 Combined

Friday | Conditions - Dry, Sunny, Warm
2023 Italian Moto2 | Mugello, Italy | Friday Practice Results FP1 + FP2 | Round 6 of 20
1Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 50.928
2Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex1m 51.124
3Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.193
4Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.246
5Mattia PasiniITAFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.365
6Filip SalacCZEQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 51.627
7Jake DixonGBRAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 51.708
8Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 51.730
9Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 51.830
10Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.877
11Manuel GonzalezJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 51.884
12Jeremy AlcobaESPQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 51.896
13Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 51.913
14Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.959
15Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 51.993
16Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 52.120
17Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 52.134
18Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 52.142
19Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 52.179
20Darryn BinderRSAHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 51.191
21Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 52.289
22Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 53.426
23Izan GuevaraESPAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 52.523
24Zonta van den GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 52.808
25Marcos RamirezESPForward TeamForward1m 53.047
26Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex1m 53.386
27Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex1m 53.512
28Rory SkinnerGBRAmerican RacingKalex1m 54.259
29Taiga HadaESPPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 54.424
30Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAForward TeamForward1m 54.469
31Kasma DanielMALYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 55.240

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