Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Le Mans:
Given the pace shown by the intermediate class on Friday, it will come as no surprise that the lap record fell once again but perhaps the bigger surprise was that it was Pedro Acosta who snatched the new one, the rookie navigating around some late yellow flags to post the first valid 1:35 time around Le Mans on a Moto2 machine. The Spaniard picked up top spot in the final couple of minutes of the session by demoting teammate Augusto Fernandez by a tenth of a second.
The Lusail International Circuit is to undergo major renovation work at the end of 2022 and into 2023, to upgrade the facilities and paddock. As a result, it will relinquish its position as the first race of the MotoGP season, instead being moved back to the end of the year.
With Qatar out of the frame as the first race of 2023, this hugely increases the chances of Phillip Island as the first race of the season. There were rumors in 2019 that Dorna was looking at a calendar shake up starting in 2021, but the Covid-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. Those plans included having the season start in Phillip Island, rather than Qatar, and this would be the ideal opportunity to try this.
Previously, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, which runs both the F1 and MotoGP races in Australia, had opposed such a move, but it is believed that they lifted their objections a couple of years ago, and were open to rescheduling the Phillip Island race to the start of the year.
Moto2 standings after Jerez:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Jerez:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Jerez: