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Japanese Moto2, Friday Practice | Somkiat Chantra stamps mark, Lowes third after crash

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Somkiat Chantra, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, 2023 Moto2, Japanese Moto2, Motegi, action [Gold & Goose]

Somkiat Chantra earmarked himself as the rider to beat on the opening day of action for the Japanese Moto2 at Motegi, the Thai rider leading the way in both P1 and P2.

Still searching for his first win of the 2023 Moto2 season, the IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia bike, Chantra got his weekend to a perfect start around his employers’ home venue with a best lap of 1m 50.396secs.

It was enough to put him just clear of Aron Canet, the Spaniard making good gains between sessions to end his day in second place.


Sam Lowes made it a top three of riders whose Indian Moto2 races the previous weekend were ended on the opening lap, the Marc VDS Racing rider recovering from a fall in P1 to look strong by the end of the day.

With rain threatening to scupper improvements in tomorrow’s P3 session, championship leader Pedro Acosta was a crucial fourth on the Red Bull KTM Ajo, but there was frustration for his two closest rivals in the overall standings, Tony Arbolino and Jake Dixon, after they could only manage 18th and 15th respectively.

Ai Ogura delighted the home fans with a run to the top five in P2, ahead of Marcos Ramirez, the mid-season replacement for Sean Dylan Kelly at American Racing once again putting himself in the shop window for 2024 with the sixth best time, just ahead of the rider who will ultimately succeed him in the team next year, Joe Roberts.

Manuel Gonzalez ended his day in eighth, ahead of Izan Guevara - the 2022 Moto3 World Champion enjoying his best start to a Moto2 race weekend yet in ninth - and Albert Arenas in tenth.

2023 Japanese Moto2 | Motegi Twin Ring | Combined Practice Results [P1+P2] | Round 14 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 50.396
2Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 50.433
3Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 50.546
4Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 50.646
5Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 50.804
6Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 50.818
7Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.025
8Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 51.044
9Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 51.064
10Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 51.082
11Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 51.095
12Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.237
13Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 51.358
14Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.362
15Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 51.399
16Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 51.563
17Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 51.604
18Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 51.632
19Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.636
20Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 51.678
21Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 51.711
22Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 51.712
23Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 51.769
24Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 52.018
25Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 52.227
26Sean Dylan Kelly🇺🇸Forward TeamForward1m 52.411
27Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 52.434
28Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 52.672
29Mattia Casadei🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 53.029
30Senna Agius🇦🇺Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 53.339

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