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Catalunya Moto2, Friday Practice | Ogura heads off Spanish stronghold in Friday practice

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Ai Ogura, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, 2023 Moto2, Catalunya Moto2, Catalunya, action - credit - Gold and Goose

Ai Ogura held off a plethora of Spanish rivals bidding for home soil glory to end the opening day of Moto2 World Championship action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya at the head of the timesheets.

The Japanese, who endured a long spell getting back to fitness following an injury, has enjoyed a return to form in recent events, echoing the pace that took him to the 2022 Moto2 runners-up spot in 2022.

For now he holds the advantage overnight ahead of numerous Spanish rivals led by championship leader Pedro Acosta, who in turn had Alonso Lopez, Aron Canet and Manuel Gonzalez - the best placed of the riders to improve in Practice 2 - for close company, the quintet less than two tenths behind.


Having just announced he will return to American Racing in 2024, Joe Roberts was an encouraging sixth fastest, ahead of Albert Arenas on the second of the Red Bull KTM Ajo bikes.

Sam Lowes was the best of the Brits in eighth place, with Jake Dixon just behind him in tenth, while Rory Skinner completed his day in 25th.

2023 Catalunya Moto2 | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain | Combined Practice Results | Round 11 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 44.804
2Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 44.806
3Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 44.822
4Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 44.862
5Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 44.956
6Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 44.961
7Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 45.010
8Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 45.107
9Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 45.215
10Jake Dixon🇬🇧Autosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 45.235
11Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 45.262
12Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 45.472
13Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 45.484
14Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 45.496
15Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 45.563
16Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 45.574
17Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 45.595
18Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 45.618
19Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 45.635
20Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 45.737
21Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 45.745
22Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 45.900
23Senna Agius🇦🇺Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 45.954
24Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 46.202
25Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 46.565
26Izan Guevara🇪🇦Autosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 46.570
27Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 46.799
28Yeray Ruiz🇪🇦Forward TeamForward1m 46.822
29Mattia Rato🇮🇹Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 47.022
30Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 47.114

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