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Moto2 Dutch TT Assen - Qualifying | Lopez, yellow flags deny Dixon pole

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Alonso Lopez, SpeedUp, Boscoscuro, 2023 Moto2, Dutch TT, Assen, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Alonso Lopez claimed a surprise pole position for the Moto2 Dutch TT at Assen after snatching the top spot from pre-qualifying favourite Jake Dixon in the closing stages.

British rider Dixon was considered the man to beat coming into Q2 following a dominant showing on Friday, which he then consolidated by reeling off a series of consistently quick laps in P3 to prepare for Sunday's race.

However, with no rider able to match Ai Ogura's lap record-breaking 1m 36.000s from P3, it was Lopez who emerged on top at the end of the session, his cause partly assisted by a prolonged yellow flag period to clear the Pons of Aron Canet at Turn 1 with around 90secs remaining.


With Lopez having been running ahead of Canet at the time, he kept it neat to get the nod at the behest of Dixon. The GasGas Aspar rider was also ahead of Canet at the time of his fall, but after fluffing his first time attack, came round to find the flags still out to prevent him from attempting another.

Even so, having shown superior race pace in Practice, Dixon is well placed to challenge for a long awaited first win on Sunday.

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New lap record holder Ogura completes the front row, the Japanese rider - whose first half of the season has been ruined by complicated wrist injury - looking back to his very best as he bids to recapture the form that made him Moto2 runner-up last season.

Fermin Aldeguer consolidated SpeedUp's strong session in fourth place, with Sam Lowes making it a strong Saturday for the Moto2 Brits with his run to fifth place.

Completing the second row his title contender Pedro Acosta, the Spaniard - who didn't race at Assen in Moto2 last year - struggling to apply the dominance that saw him romp to victories in Mugello and Sachsenring.

Nevertheless, the KTM Ajo rider still starts ahead of his rival and championship leader Tony Arbolino, the Italian once again finding himself wanting over a single lap as he prepares to get underway from a lowly tenth.

Between the title rivals will be Somkiat Chantra in seventh, Albert Arenas in eighth and Celestino Vietti, who ended the session ninth, despite a fall.

Moto2 Dutch TT Assen | Qualifying Results

2023 Moto2 Dutch TT | Assen, Netherlands | Qualifying Results | Round 8 of 20
1Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 36.247
2Jake DixonGBRAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 36.256
3Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.301
4Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 36.481
5Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.528
6Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 36.560
7Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 36.564
8Albert ArenasESPRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 36.604
9Celestino ViettiITAFantic RacingKalex1m 36.663
10Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.738
11Aron CanetESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 36.763
12Manuel GonzalezJPNYamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 36.827
13Filip SalacCZEQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 36.850
14Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 37.045
15Darryn BinderRSAHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 37.133
16Barry BaltusBELFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 37.136
17Sergio GarciaESPPons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 37.512
18Jeremy AlcobaESPQJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 37.691
19Lukas TulovicGERHusqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 37.223
20Carlos TatayESPAmerican RacingKalex1m 37.384
21Sean Dylan KellyUSAAmerican RacingKalex1m 37.517
22Zonta van den GoorberghNEDFieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 37.518
23Borja GomezESPFantic RacingKalex1m 37.551
24Izan GuevaraESPAutosolar GasGas AsparKalex1m 37.407 *
25Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1m 37.738
26Yeray RuizESPForward TeamForward1m 37.742
27Taiga HadaJPNPertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 38.113
28Alex EscrigESPForward TeamForward1m 38.134
WBo BendsneyderNEDPertamina SAG TeamKalex
* Izan Guevara - 3 place grid penalty applied

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