Moto2: Tony Arbolino Wins the Australian Grand Prix

Published on October 22, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Tony Arbolino takes his third victory in a red flagged Australian Grand Prix with Pedro Acosta finishing in ninth place.

Spanish rider Fermin Aldeguer was on pole position, Aron Canet lined-up in second place on the grid with Alonso Lopez qualifying in third place. Pedro Acosta who had qualified in fifth place had to start from the back of the grid after crashing at Miller corner on the sighting lap.

The lights went out and it was Canet who got the best launch off the line and took the holeshot into turn one, but Aldeguer retook the lead into turn two. Tony Arbolino came through the order and moved into second place by turn four. Alonso Lopez took the lead through turn three and then went down at turn four and caused Arbolino to take avoiding action.

Sergio Garcia took advantage of the turn four situation to take the lead, Filip Salac was second with Arbolino in fourth ahead of Jake Dixon in fifth, Acosta was in 25th.

On lap three Darryn Binder, Zonta Van Den Goorbergh and Barry Baltus went down at turn two, four and eight. Acosta was moving forwards into 18th, Arbolino was the fastest rider on track.

Sergio Garcia and Filip Salac went down at turn eight from first and third, Sam Lowes who managed to get up to second place slipped off at turn ten and Dixon had to take avoiding action and lost three seconds to Arbolino.

Dixon went down at the Southern Loop on lap five, Mattia Casadei went down at turn four, with all of these crashes Acosta had moved up to 11th place despite six seconds slower than Arbolino.

Izan Guevara who’s best finish all season had been 12th was running in fourth place, Acosta passed Taiga Hada to move into the top ten. Arbolino was three seconds faster than everyone.

Acosta passed Marcos Ramirez around the outside at turn one to move into ninth place, Acosta had a slide out of Miller corner but held onto position.

On lap nine Canet overtook Aldeguer around the outside at Miller corner to move into second place, Celestino Vietti crashed out.

On lap ten of 23 the red flag was brought out, the race was to be restarted due to 2/3s not being completed.

The race was declared a result and due to less than 50% of the race being completed half points were given.

Tony Arbolino took his first victory since the French Grand Prix in May, Aron Canet took his 13th second place of his Moto 2 career and Fermin Aldeguer took back-to-back third place finishes. Pedro Acosta finished in ninth, but due to the half points he only lost nine points to Arbolino.

Featured Image: Elf Marc VDS Racing,


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