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Cycle News 2023 Issue 42 October 24

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ROUND 16 / OCTOBER 20-22, 2023 PHILLIP ISLAND CIRCUIT / PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA MOTOGP I FIM MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP P70 Tony Arbolino scored his first Moto2 victory since May. was a whopping 14 seconds clear of Aron Canet (Pons Kalex) and pole-sitter Fermin Aldeguer (Speed Up Boscoscuro), who had domi- nated the weekend in the dry. Red flags were shown on lap nine after the wind caused Celestino Vietti (Fantic Kalex) to crash at turn one. As it was too dangerous to restart and 50% race distance wasn't completed, results were declared, and half points awarded. All the while, Acosta was making impressive progress from 30th. From 26th on lap one, the 19-year-old had climbed to ninth by the time of the red flags. Acosta (280.5 points) still leads, but Arbolino (224.5) regained points for the first time since Le Mans and sits 56 behind. VDS Kalex) scored a timely first victory since May, while overall leader Pedro Acosta (Ajo Kalex) started from the back of the grid after crashing out on the sight- ing lap at turn four. The Spaniard's spill was just the beginning of the chaos, with Dun- lop's rear tire difficult to bring up to temperature with the track just 15 degrees warm. First, Alonso Lopez (Speed Up Boscoscuro) crashed out of the lead exiting turn four on the first lap, sending the pack sprawling to avoid his stricken ma- chine. Then Sergio Garcia (Aspar Kalex) high-sided out at the Hay- shed on lap four, with third-placed Filip Salac (Gresini Kalex) following him into the gravel. That handed rain specialist Arbolino the initiative, and soon he tion off the final turn in eighth, with Alex Marquez ninth. A mere 0.869 seconds covered the quartet at the flag, while Enea Bastianini (Lenovo Ducati) was 10th. Marc Marquez (15th) and Pol Espargaro (18th) faded badly late on, their soft rear tires turning to jelly. Bagnaia's 11th podium of the year ekes out further ground on Martin (366 – 339), with 27 points now separating the pair. Bezzecchi (293) lost further ground, 73 points in arrears. Moto2 What would ultimately be the end of Sunday's action was held in the worst conditions of the year. And for the first time in weeks, the Moto2 title fight took a twist as Tony Arbolino (Marc

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