Pedro Acosta takes Pole in Le Mans, ahead of Jake Dixon and Augusto Fernandez.
After breaking the Le Mans Moto2 lap record on Friday, Pedro Acosta has ended Saturday with yet another record, taking the top spot with a time of 1:35.803.
The session began with Sam Lowes climbing to the top of the board in his opening lap, the Brit was able to hold onto the provisional Pole for a good chunk of the session – even managing to improve his time. However, the Brit suffered from a horrendous high side coming out of Turn 8, leaving his position undefended with over 6 minutes still remaining.
With the ELF Marc VDS Racing Team rider out for the count, it was only a matter of time before his rivals descended onto Pole; with 5 minutes to go, it was the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo and Jake Dixon in line for the lead. However, in mass succession, it was Acosta who took to the top, swiping Pole from teammate Fernandez, while Dixon then took the provisional P2, kicking Fernandez further down the board. With Acosta’s second record-breaking time of the weekend proving unbeatable, the trio were able to hold their positions to the chequered flag. With the form Acosta has shown so far this weekend, will we see the Spaniard return to the front tomorrow?
Despite the early crash, Lowes was able to hold onto fourth position, and will lead Row 2 come race day, Albert Arenas and Alonso Lopez follow behind.
Aron Canet will start from 7th on the grid after a pretty neutral qualifying session. Jerez victor Ai Ogura follows in P8, after also suffering from an early crash in the session. Bo Bendsneyder closes out the third row, while Tony Arbolino rounds off the Top 10.
Title leader Celestino Vietti once again suffers in Q1, despite improving his times throughout the session, the Italian couldn’t do enough to graduate into Q2, and will start from a disappointing 19th place on the grid.
With the Top 14 covered by just a second, Acosta will have his work cut out for him if he wants to take his first win from Pole.
Moto2’s Race will begin at 12:20 Local Time (GMT +2)
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