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Valencia Moto2, Friday Practice: Acosta off to a flying start with Dixon, Lowes in contention

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Pedro Acosta got his bid for a much desired home victory ahead of his graduation to MotoGP off to a strong start after topping both P1 and P2 to lead the way early on in the Valencia Moto2 season finale.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider kept rivals at a comfortable arm’s length during the faster afternoon session to end Friday with a benchmark lap time of 1m 33.768secs.

It puts the 2023 Moto2 World Champion in good stead for a third and final attempt at landing a victory on home soil to cap off his title-winning campaign having come up short in Jerez and Barcelona.


Running Acosta closest come the end of P2 was form man Fermin Aldeguer, the Speed Up Racing rider well placed to potentially become only the second rider in Moto2 history to win four consecutive races.

Aron Canet completed an all-Spanish top three as his Pons Racing team begins its swansong event before exiting the series, marginally ahead of Jake Dixon and Sam Lowes in fourth and fifth, the British duo ensuring their candidacy for victory contention at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Second to Acosta in P1, Celestino Vietti slipped to sixth by the end of play, ahead of American Racing’s late season standout Marcos Ramirez, while team-mates Joe Roberts and Dennis Foggia made for an Italtrans tandem in eighth and ninth, with Tony Arbolino tenth.

Elsewhere, Ai Ogura and Manuel Gonzalez were the highest profile names to fall foul of the tricky Valencia venue, the pair crashing themselves down the order to 13th and 15th.

Ahead of what will likely be his final outing with American Racing, Rory Skinner was 26th of the 32 riders.

2023 Valencia Moto2, Circuit Ricardo Tormo - Results after Practice 2

Friday - Conditions: Sunny, Dry
2023 Valencia Moto2 - Circuit Ricardo Tormo - Results after Practice 2 - Round 20 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 33.768
2Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 33.900
3Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 33.951
4Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 34.004
5Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 34.016
6Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 34.092
7Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 34.122
8Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 34.243
9Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 34.317
10Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 34.329
11Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 34.354
12Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 34.357
13Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 34.424
14Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 34.433
15Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 34.470
16Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 34.558
17Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 34.606
18Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 34.637
19Hector Garzo🇪🇦Fieten Olie Racing GPNTS1m 34.735
20Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 34.750
21Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 34.867
22Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 34.870
23Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 34.907
24Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 34.999
25Alex Escrig🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 35.056
26Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 35.071
27Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 35.113
28Matteo Ferrari🇮🇹QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 35.184
29Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 35.209
30Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 35.455
31Mattia Casadei🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 35.472
32Sean Dylan Kelly🇺🇸Fantic RacingKalex1m 36.237

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