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Indian Moto2, Qualifying | Dixon rises in the damp for inaugural Buddh Moto2 pole

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Jake Dixon, GasGas Aspar, 2023 Moto2, Indian Moto2, Buddh, action [Gold & Goose]

Jake Dixon will start the first-ever Indian Moto2 race from a surprise pole position after capitalising on evolving track conditions following an early downpour to get the better of Pedro Acosta at the Buddh International Circuit.

In what would prove a massive turnaround for the Briton after only just scraping through into Q2 automatically in the dry after a heavy crash in FP3, Dixon made the most of the extended weather-dictated break prior to qualifying to regain his focus around the Delhi venue.

While the track had dried substantially since the preceding Moto2 Q2 session had concluded, damp patches across the circuit still made things tricky if you ventured off line.


It also meant that the very best times were always likely to come in the latest moments, an advantage Dixon expertly nailed as he completed one of the final laps of the session to go top with a 2m 01.924secs.

Good enough to earn him his second pole position in three rounds, Dixon originally looked set to settle for second behind Acosta but a mistake by the championship leader towards the end of his final lap opened the door for his British rival to swoop.

Joining them on the front row will be Sergio Garcia, the Pons Racing rider notching up another career landmark with his first Moto2 front row start. The Spaniard was one of the four riders to progress from Q1 when conditions were trickier, giving him a noticeable headstart once Q2 got underway.

Indeed, it was a similar story for fellow Q1 advancers Zonta van den Goorbergh and Darryn Binder, who put their better track time to use when it mattered for a fine fourth and fifth on the grid respectively.

Alonso Lopez rounds out row two, while Tony Arbolino once more has work to do to pull back precious points on Acosta in his fading title battle from seventh. Joe Roberts, Somkiat Chantra and Celestino Vietti finished off the top ten, ahead of Marcos Ramirez and Sam Lowes, the Briton unable to join his countryman Dixon in challenging for the top spot.

Further back, Rory Skinner was in contention for a spot in Q2 for a time as he revelled in the trickier conditions, but would eventually slip back to an eventual 22nd starting position.

2023 Indian Moto2 | Buddh International Circuit | Qualifying Results | Round 13 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex2m 01.924
2Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex2m 01.956
3Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex2m 02.192
4Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex2m 02.271
5Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex2m 02.602
6Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro2m 02.864
7Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex2m 02.958
8Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex2m 03.262
9Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex2m 03.370
10Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex2m 03.374
11Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex2m 03.446
12Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex2m 03.536
13Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex2m 03.706
14Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex2m 04.208
15Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex2m 04.751
16Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex2m 04.871
17Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex2m 05.123
18Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex2m 05.352
19Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex2m 03.263
20Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex2m 03.322
21Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro2m 03.501
22Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex2m 03.814
23Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex2m 04.312
24Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex2m 04.494
25Sean Dylan Kelly🇺🇸Forward TeamForward2m 04.727
26Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex2m 05.015
27Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex2m 05.015
28Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward2m 05.419
29Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex2m 05.562
WLukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex

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