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Indian Moto2, Combined Practice | Gonzalez pinches top time in tight, red flagged P3

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Manuel Gonzalez, Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46, 2023 Moto2, Indian Moto2, Buddh, action [Gold & Goose]

Manuel Gonzalez took advantage of a late red flag period to snatch the top spot in third and final practice for the Indian Moto2 at the Buddh International Circuit.

The Spaniard was one of only a handful of riders to get out of the pit-lane quick enough to get two more fast laps on the board following a late red flag pause.

With most of his rivals whittled down to just a single opportunity to improve their standing, Gonzalez duly leapt ahead of Pedro Acosta with a 1m 51.608secs lap, just over a tenth quicker than his countryman.


As ever-evolving track conditions ensured much faster lap times than on Friday, while it was Gonzalez with the advantage heading into Q2, it was championship leader Acosta who looked the more consistent and cement his status as pre-race favourite.

Behind the KTM Ajo rider, Celestino Vietti was another to make strong gains after the red flag to go third, while Dennis Foggia took full advantage of trailing Acosta ahead by producing his most convincing timed session result of the year in fourth.

Alonso Lopez completed the top five, ahead of Ai Ogura, Filip Salac - who leapt from outside the top twenty into seventh at the flag - Joe Roberts and both Marc VDS Racing riders, Tony Arbolino leading of Sam Lowes.

Elsewhere, Jake Dixon scraped through to Q2 having had to rely on a last gasp final time attack that lifted him to 12th following a crash at Turn 8 that led to a lengthy period in the pit box.

Rory Skinner, meanwhile, enjoyed one of the biggest overnight gains to end his session in 22nd - 0.4s off an automatic Q2 place - having languished at the back of the field on Friday.

Lukas Tulovic, meanwhile, was the rider responsible for the red flag with four minutes on the clock remaining. The Husqvarna IntactGP rider came down heavily at Turn 7, Tulovic - who was conscious according to official communications - requiring medical assistance at the side of the track

2023 Indian Moto2 | Buddh International Circuit | Combiend Practice Results [P1+P2+P3] | Round 13 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 51.608
2Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 51.725
3Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 51.887
4Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.901
5Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.919
6Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 51.988
7Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 52.009
8Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 52.012
9Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 52.105
10Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 52.111
11Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 52.121
12Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 52.123
13Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 52.136
14Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 52.190
15Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 52.192
16Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 52.265
17Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 52.262
18Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 52.357
19Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 52.459
20Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 52.507
21Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 52.522
22Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 52.573
23Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 52.654
24Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 52.671
25Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 52.703
26Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 52.712
27Sean Dylan Kelly🇺🇸Forward TeamForward1m 52.985
28Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 53.330
29Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 53.628
30Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 53.723

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