Moto2: Pedro Acosta Wins the Moto2 Race at Mugello.

Published on June 11, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Pedro Acosta wins his third victory of the season as Sam Lowes gets taken out on lap one.

Aron Canet set the pace in qualifying getting his first pole position of the 2023 season, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Pedro Acosta lined up in second place on the grid with Britain’s Sam Lowes qualifying in third place.

Sam Lowes lead the field into turn one, chaos as riders clashed with one another lower down the field; Alcoba, Aldeguer and Darryn Binder were all out of the race! Alonso Lopez took Sam Lowes out at turn 11, the Brit was furious, there was sure to be a penalty coming Lopez’s way!

Pedro was now leading the way ahead of Lopez, Canet despite his injured fingers was holding off Tony Arbolino in third. Celestino Vietti had a terrible start dropping to 19th from seventh on the grid. Jake Dixon was running in seventh ahead of American Joe Roberts.

Lopez attempted to do the long lap for taking out Lowes but outbraked himself and ran through the gravel; this allowed Acosta to pull a 1.5 second gap over Arbolino. Lopez had to do the long lap again.

Filip Salac fresh off his first dry podium in Moto 2 overtook Canet at turn one on lap five to move into the podium positions, meanwhile Acosta extended the gap to two seconds.

Mattia Pasini who was wildcarding onboard the RW Racing Kalex qualified in 18th but had made great progress up to eighth.

Serigo Garcia who won the Moto 3 race last year was having his strongest ride to date passing Jake Dixon for fifth place at turn one.

Vietti made up some positions and was in ninth place, Acosta had over a two second lead at the front of the field. Jake Dixon was in fifth place, just ahead of pole man Canet. Salac, Canet and Dixon were all in the hunt for the third place podium spot.

With two laps remaining to the race Dixon was on the back wheel of Canet, the Spaniard was riding through the pain and was holding his own in third place until Jake passed the Pons rider at the start of the final lap.

Acosta crossed the line to take his third victory of the season, Arbolino finished in a comfortable second place, Jake held on to third place, Canet had to settle for fourth place with Vietti finishing in fifth place.

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