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Catalunya Moto2, Qualifying | Jake Dixon on form for first Moto2 pole of season in Spain

Jake Dixon, GasGas Aspar, 2023 Moto2, Catalunya Moto2, Barcelona, action - credit Gold'n'Goose

Jake Dixon will start on pole position for Round 11 of the 2023 Moto2 World Championship after maintaining his strong practice form through to qualifying at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

A first pole position of the season for the GasGas Aspar rider, Dixon - who was quickest in this morning’s preceding Practice 3 session - hit the front in the closing stages with a 1m 44.089secs effort.

It was enough to deny the Pons Racing machine of Aron Canet, who slots into second after finishing just under a tenth off from pole position, while Ai Ogura completes the front row in third position.


- 2023 Moto2 World Championship Standings -

Manuel Gonzalez turned in his best qualifying performance of the season to secure fourth on the grid, while Albert Arenas out-qualified Moto2 championship leading Pedro Acosta this year for the first time this year to complete the top five.

Indeed, Acosta starts off the front two rows for the first time this year after losing out when a fast lap was cancelled. 

Nevertheless, he has a good opportunity to extend his advantage in the overall standings after his closest rival Tony Arbolino could only manage 20th on the grid, leaving him with work to do from the seventh row.

Meanwhile, Sam Lowes will start from 11th on the Marc VDS Racing machine, with Rory Skinner in 25th.

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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