Acosta and Moreira shine on Saturday in Portimao

Tricky conditions greeted riders in the morning as the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes continue to gain valuable track time

Testing for the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes continued in Portimao through Saturday, with a wet track greeting riders this morning after overnight rain. Proceedings eventually got underway, and it is Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) who goes into the final day’s runs as the rider to beat.

Pedro Acosta_Red Bull KTM Ajo_Portimao Moto2™ & Moto3™ Official Test

The Spaniard recorded a 1:42.234 to leave him atop the timesheets, displacing Friday’s fastest rider Aron Canet (Pons Wegow Los40) who finished 0.217s behind the 2021 Moto3™ World Champion. Sam Lowes continued his good showing in the south of Portugal and managed to crack the top three times of the Test so far, but he is still over half a second off of Acosta’s impressive effort.

Not everyone could master the mixed conditions through the day, with a number of crashes occurring, with Albert Arenas (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Alonso Lopez (CAG Speed Up) and Celestino Vietti (Fantic Racing) among the highest profile names to hit the deck in the intermediate class.

Diogo Moreira, MT Helmets - MSI, Portimao Moto2™ & Moto3™ Official Test

In Moto3™, Diogo Moreira’s (MT Helmets – MSI) 1:48.353 saw him claim top spot honours. The Brazilian had two-tenths to spare over David Muñoz in P2, while Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Tech3), another of 2022’s rookie class, rounds out the top three.

FP5 saw runnings come to a halt after a Red Flag due to a Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing), Friday’s fastest rider, crash, but the action resumed shortly after with the Spaniard participating in the final session.

Testing continues on Sunday, and will be on hand to bring you coverage at the end of the day as well as rider reaction, while you can also keep up to date with each session through Live Timing.  

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