Acosta straight on lap record pace in Valencia

The World Champion flew to the top of the timesheets to lead Practice 1 ahead of Vietti and Aldeguer

It's been a happy homecoming so far for the World Champion Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) as the Spaniard bettered the lap record by three-tenths to top the pile after the opening session of the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. Acosta's 1:34.024 saw him beat Celestino Vietti (Fantic Racing) by 0.111s as the Italian settled for 2nd place. Continuing his strong run off form to cap off the 2023 season, Fermin Aldeguer (CAG SpeedUp) was in the mix as well he took his Triumph-powered Boscoscuro machine to 3rd place, with the top four all underneath the previous lap record. 

With the pace hotter than ever, Aron Canet (Pons Wegow Los40) was next up in 4th as the Valencian missed out on the top three by just 0.015s. Tony Arbolino (Elf MarcVDS Racing Team) rounded out the top five just ahead of his teammate Sam Lowes who took P6 - the British rider beginning his final weekend as a full-time Grand Prix rider.

Make sure to tune in to Practice 2 at 14:05 local time (GMT +1). 

Top 10

1 Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:34.024
2 Celestino Vietti (Fantic Racing) +0.111
3 Fermin Aldeguer (SpeedUp Racing) +0.161
4 Aron Canet (Pons Wegow Los40) +0.176
5 Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) +0.305
6 Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) +0.354
7 Marcos Ramirez (OnlyFans American Racing) +0.375
8 Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) +0.400
9 Jake Dixon (GASGAS Aspar Team) +0.472
10 Dennis Foggia (Italtrans Racing Team) +0.516


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