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Thailand Moto2, Practice | Acosta begins potential coronation weekend in style

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Pedro Acosta got his potential coronation weekend off to a fine start as he topped both P1 and P2 to end Friday practice for the Thailand Moto2 as the rider to beat in Buriram.

On the weekend he could be crowned champion if he out-scores Tony Arbolino by 19 points or more, though it will likely take something unusual for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider to do that in Thailand, Acosta at least did his bit to ramp up the pressure by proving the man to beat on day one.

Indeed, Acosta fared markedly better than Arbolino, the Italian only managing the tenth best time of the day, leaving it to a surprise figure to lead the chase in the form of Marcos Ramirez, the Spaniard - who only stepped into the American Racing team mid-way through the season - an impressive second.


Fermin Alderguer continued his fine form to go third best, while local hero Somkiat Chantra - competing in a special livery to mark his home event - delighted the crowds with the fourth best time.

Aron Canet rounded out the top five from Jake Dixon, ahead of Ai Ogura, Manuel Gonzalez, Dennis Foggia and Arbolino.

Beyond Dixon, it was a tough start to the weekend for the Brits with Sam Lowes down in 19th, while Rory Skinner was 29th out of the 30 riders.

2023 Thailand Moto2 | Chang International Circuit, Buriram | Practice Results [After P2] | Round 17 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 35.985
2Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 35.999
3Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 36.005
4Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.194
5Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 36.240
6Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 36.283
7Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.312
8Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 36.354
9Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 36.423
10Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.585
11Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 36.606
12Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 35.703
13Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 35.748
14Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 35.811
15Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 36.833
16Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 36.851
17Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 36.900
18Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 36.911
19Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.959
20Alex Escrig🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 37.016
21Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 37.110
22Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 37.113
23Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 37.207
24Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 37.218
25Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 37.256
26Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 37.305
27Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 37.493
28Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 37.502
29Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 37.517
30Mattia Casadei🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 37.629

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