Moto2: Tony Arbolino Wins the Restarted Moto2 Race in Le Mans.

Published on May 14, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Tony Arbolino Wins his Second Race of the Season After a Race Restart Due to a Red Flag.

Britain’s Sam Lowes was continuing his winning form by getting pole position for the French Grand Prix, Lightech SpeedUp’s Alonso Lopez qualified in second place, with ELF Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tony Arbolino in third place.

Tony Arbolino got the perfect start and lead the field of Moto2 riders into turn one, Sam was pushed back to third place. Jake Dixon had a moment in the early stages of lap one, the Brit was down in 13th place after contact with Aron Canet.

Disaster for Sam Lowes as he crashed out at turn two on the second lap, a massive crash followed with a group of riders at turn six, involving Canet, Albert Arenas and Manuel Gonzalez; Arenas highsided and the two following riders had no where to go! The race was Red Flagged, fortunately all-three riders were up on their feet after the collision.

Sam Lowes was able to make the restart of the race but he had to start from the back of the grid due to being just out of time getting out of pit lane for the restart.

Tony Arbolino was leading the race after the restart, Jake Dixon got a better start as did Pedro Acosta. One lap down Lopez and Acosta were dicing for second place, Joe Roberts was on the move getting into tenth place from his 17th place start on the grid.

Sam was up to 21st place with 11 laps to go, Jake was in a battle for fifth position. Filip Salac passed Lopez for third place. Acosta the race favourite crashed out, the front end locked up at turn seven. Rory Skinner also crashed out on the same lap at turn six.

Arbolino had over a second lead on Salac with nine laps remaining to the race. Italian rider Celestino Vietti had strong pace and was running in fourth place just in front of Chantra.

Salac wasn’t letting Albolino get out of his reach, the Czech rider had closed down the gap considerably with four laps to go. The leading trio had over a second gap to Vietti. Jake was in fifth place as Sam had made his way through the field to 16th place.

Arbolino crossed the line to take his second victory of the season, Salac was second with Lopez finishing in third, Vietti was fourth, Jake finished in fifth place.

Featured Images:, ELF Marc VDS Racing.


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