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Japanese Moto2, Qualifying | Chantra clean sweep in Honda 1-2 at home, Dixon surprise third

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Somkiat Chantra will lead a IDEMITSU Honda Asia 1-2 on the grid for the Japanese Moto2 after carrying his scintillating practice form through to a first pole position of the season at Motegi.

The Thai rider has been in unbeatable form on the Kalex so far this weekend, the Thai rider topping all three practice sessions in the run up to qualifying before breaking Johann Zarco’s seven-year old Moto2 lap record to take pole in Q2.

A day to remember for Hiroshi Aoyama’s IDEMITSU Honda Asia Team, local favourite Ai Ogura complemented Chantra’s effort by placing his sister machine into second place, the duo heading into Sunday’s Moto2 race as the more unfamiliar favourites.


Joining the Asian riders on the front row will be Jake Dixon, who produced arguably the most surprising Q2 performance with the third fastest time.

Having struggled in free practice to unusually find himself having to come through Q1, even then Dixon only just squeezed through to Q2 with the fourth fastest time of the short session.

However, once in Q2, Dixon found his rhythm on the GasGas Aspar machine to upset the weekend formbook so far and get ahead of his main rivals.

It means Pedro Acosta will be coming from fourth on the grid, the championship leader well-placed but not looking quite as emphatic in his speed this weekend. However, he does hold a big advantage over main title rival Tony Arbolino, whose hopes of closing the already sizeable 37 point margin to Acosta were dealt a blow when he could only manage 13th on the grid.

Filip Salac made gains between sessions to complete the top five on the Gresini machine, ahead of Alonso Lopez, who starts sixth but will have to take two long-lap penalties in the race by virtue of his indiscretions a weekend earlier.

Aron Canet heads up row three, with the rider he swiped out of the Indian Moto2 on lap one last weekend, Sam Lowes alongside him in eighth, with Fermin Aldeguer ninth and Manuel Gonzalez rounding out the top ten.

2023 Japanese Moto2 | Motegi Twin Ring | Qualifying Results | Round 14 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 49.898
2Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 50.018
3Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 50.058
4Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 50.131
5Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 50.138
6Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 50.150
7Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 50.192
8Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 50.237
9Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 50.362
10Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 50.511
11Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 50.547
12Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 50.561
13Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 50.672
14Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 50.831
15Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 50.869
16Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 50.945
17Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 51.054
18Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 51.178
19Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 50.486
20Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 50.564
21Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 50.598
22Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 50.824
23Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 50.876
24Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 51.238
25Sean Dylan Kelly🇺🇸Forward TeamForward1m 51.608
26Borja Gomez🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 51.643
27Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 51.742
28Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 51.769
29Senna Agius🇦🇺Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 51.881
30Mattia Casadei🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 52.197

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