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Moto2 USA P2 Results | Fast Friday for Pedro Acosta at COTA

Pedro Acosta shook off the temperamental weather conditions to lead the way in the second Moto2 Friday Practice sessions and firmly establish himself as the rider to beat at Circuit of The Americas.

The Spaniard was the only rider to dip under 2m 10s on the KTM Ajo Kalex, Acosta’s table topping 2m 09.856secs lap coming in the dying moments of a P2 session that only came alive in the final seconds.

Indeed, with intermittent drizzle spooking most of the riders at various stages of the session, it took until the last couple of minutes for the conditions to clear enough for riders to attempt time attack laps.


Allowing Acosta to lift himself from a P1 position of fourth to first, notably his quickest time came amid a flurry of rapid consecutive laps that should confirm him as the form man in Texas this weekend.

Championship leader Tony Arbolino sprung from 14th to second with the last lap of the P2 session, the Argentina Moto2 race winner 0.2secs shy of Acosta.

Aron Canet completed the top three on the Pons entry, ahead of top American representative Joe Roberts, the local favourite finding 1.2secs of lap time to take his Italtrans to fourth from 14th.

P1 pace setter Jake Dixon nibbled at his earlier benchmark to book his place into Q2 easily in fifth, the British rider just ahead of countryman Sam Lowes in sixth on the Marc VDS bike.

Only 18th after P1, Albert Arenas slashed 1.9secs off his best time to end Friday in seventh place, ahead of Somkiat Chantra, the Indonesian rider holding onto a safe Q2 spot despite failing to improve on his P1 effort.

A fixture in the top ten throughout both sessions, Barry Baltus ended his strong day on the NTS machine in ninth, with Filip Salac completing the top ten.

With competition fierce for the 14 spots to guarantee a passage to Q2, Bo Bendsneyder, Darryn Binder, Alonso Lopez and Fermin Aldeguer got the edge in 11th to 14th respectively.

It means Celestino Vietti will be appearing in Q1, along with Jeremy Alcoba and Manuel Gonzalez.

Elsewhere, Rory Skinner enjoyed the best qualifying session of his burgeoning Moto2 career, out-qualifying American Racing team-mate Sean Dylan Kelly in 21st, +1.3secs off a Q2 spot in 14th.

Moto3 Results after P2 - Grand Prix of The Americas | COTA

Grand Prix of the Americas, USA Moto2 | P2 Results | Circuit of The Americas | Round 3 / 21 
1Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex2m 09.856
2Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex2m 10.079
3Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex2m 10.130
4Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex2m 10.213
5Jake DixonGBRGasGas Aspar TeamKalex2m 10.343
6Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex2m 10.361
7Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex2m 10.362
8Somkiat ChantraTHAIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex2m 10.525
9Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex2m 10.256
10Filip SalacCZEQJmotor GresiniKalex2m 10.538
11Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina Mandalika SAGKalex2m 10.636
12Darryn BinderRSAHusqvarna Intact GPKalex2m 10.654
13Alonso LopezESPSpeed Up RacingBoscoscuro2m 10.769
14Fermin AldeguarESPSpeed Up RacingBoscoscuro2m 10.686
15Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex2m 10.777
16Jeremy AlcobaESPQJmotor GresiniKalex2m 10.790
17Manuel GonzalezESPYamaha VR46 Master CampKalex2m 10.856
18Zonta vd GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex2m 11.486
19Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex2m 11.675
20Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex2m 11.917
21Rory SkinnerGBRAmerican RacingKalex2m 11.964
22Ai OguraJPNIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex2m 11.972
23Marcos RamirezESPForward TeamForward2m 12.110
24Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAPertamina Mandalika SAGKalex2m 12.198
25Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex2m 12.267
26Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna Intact GPKalex2m 12.898
28Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex2m 13.103
27Izan GuevaraESPGasGas Aspar TeamKalex2m 13.406
29David SanchisESPForward TeamForward2m 14.933
30Soichiro MinamimotoJPNYamaha VR46 Master CampKalex2m 16.352

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