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Catalunya Moto2, Practice 3 | Dixon to the fore in P3, Arbolino misses Q2 cut

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Jake Dixon, GasGas Aspar, 2023 Moto2, Catalunya Moto2, Barcelona, action - credit to Gold & Goose

Jake Dixon laid out his status as a favourite for pole position ahead of qualifying for the 2023 Catalunya Moto2 as he turned in the fastest time in final practice, while title contender Tony Arbolino found himself outside the top twenty.

Chasing his second win of the season to keep his slim title hopes alive, Dixon broke clear of an otherwise tight group of riders with a 1m 43.983secs advantage.

Placing him almost four tenths clear of the opposition as the only rider to dip below 1m 44secs, the GasGas Aspar rider headed off Aron Canet and Friday pacesetter Ai Ogura on the timesheets.


- 2023 Moto2 World Championship Standings -

Beyond Dixon, the star of P3 was Marcos Ramirez who - in his second outing this season with the American Racing - surged up the order to give the US-based team its first direct Q2 qualification of the year in a fine fourth.

Albert Arenas completed the top five, ahead of Austrian Moto2 race winner Celestino Vietti, the Fantic Racing rider - who is set to join Red Bull KTM Ajo in 2024 - rising out of the drop zone to sixth with his final effort.

Championship leader Pedro Acosta was seventh after suffering a moment on his final lap, the Spaniard with the psychological advantage after key title rival Arbolino failed to make it into Q2 directly. The Marc VDS rider couldn’t improve on his final revolution, leaving him down in 21st.

Elsewhere, Sam Lowes booked his place into Q2 with the 11th fastest time, while Rory Skinner enjoyed one of his better P3 sessions in 23rd.

2023 Catalunya Moto2 | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain | Combined Practice Results | Round 11 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 43.983
2Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 44.373
3Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 44.494
4Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 44.506
5Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 44.560
6Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 44.563
7Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 44.565
8Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 44.612
9Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 44.613
10Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 44.617
11Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 44.628
12Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 44.660
13Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 44.664
14Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 44.668
15Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 44.697
16Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 44.777
17Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 44.927
18Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 44.990
19Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 45.116
20Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 45.166
21Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 45.183
22Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 45.183
23Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 45.198
24Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 45.232
25Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 45.254
26Senna Agius🇦🇺Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 45.313
27Mattia Rato🇮🇹Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 45.388
28Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 45.621
29Yeray Ruiz🇪🇦Forward TeamForward1m 46.496
30Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 46.570

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