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Portimao Moto2 test: Rookie Acosta breaks record and tops times

Pedro Acosta proved his title-winning Moto3 dominance was equally transferable by topping the Moto2 test at Portimao.

The KTM rookie continued to shine in his usual style as he acquainted himself with the intermediate class for the championship’s official three days of testing in Portugal. Running consistently towards the top of the standings across the weekend, Acosta set the time to beat and an all-new lap record during Monday’s opening action - a 1’41.552 - which went unchallenged for the remainder of the day.

His KTM Ajo teammate Augusto Fernandez sat second in the combined times after completing the penultimate session at the top, just a tenth adrift, while Sunday’s leader Aron Canet claimed third.


Aspar’s Jake Dixon showcased a strong performance on the GasGas machine across the weekend with Sunday’s third session best, a 1’42.040, capturing fourth overall as winter testing drew to a close.

Fermin Aldeguer placed the Speed Up fifth in the combined standings, half a second off the outright pace with Albert Arenas challenging in the top six.

A late showing from Italtrans’ Joe Roberts in the early evening finale moved the American into seventh position - one of just five riders to head on track for Monday’s concluding session with the track laying silent for the final half an hour - while Ai Ogura placed eighth for Honda Asia.

Liqui Moly Intact's Marcel Schrötter and VR46’s Celestino Vietti completed the top ten ahead of Flexbox HP40’s Jorge Navarro with the solo Elf Marc VDS of Tony Arboilino 12th as Sam Lowes sat out suffering with tendonitis.

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