Bendsneyder fifth after first test day at Portimao

Ahead of the opening round of the 2023 campaign in Portimao next week, the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes are at the Algarve International Circuit for three days of testing. It’s set to be a crucial fixture for both categories, as they look to get up to speed before the first lights out of the year.

After Day 1’s runs, Aron Canet (Pons Wegow Los40) set the quickest time on Friday, with the Spaniard’s 1:42.681 seeing him soar to the top of the timesheets in chilly conditions. It’s a strong start to the year for Canet, who will host title ambitions, but he is kept company in the top three by some of his fellow title rivals.

Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was just two hundredths off of his compatriot, while the #37’s new teammate Albert Arenas was 0.289s behind on the combined timesheets. There were also strong starts to the campaign by Sam Lowes (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team) and Bo Bendsneyeder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team), who round out the top five times of Day 1 in the intermediate class. Friday’s action also saw former MotoGP™ rider Darryn Binder debut on Moto2™ machinery with Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP, but the South African didn’t trouble the quickest riders as he placed P19 on the timesheets.

Combined times after 3 sessions


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