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Thailand Moto2, Qualifying | Aldeguer upstages Acosta in Buriram for second successive pole

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Fermin Aldeguer continued with his impressive run of recent form as he claimed his second successive pole position in qualifying for the Thailand Moto2.

The SpeedUp Racing rider was the dominant force in the dry at Phillip Island last weekend, though Sunday’s wet weather would ultimately count against him even if he was able to notch up a third podium of the year.

With no rain forecast in Buriram this weekend, Alderguer made hay while the sun was shining to once again put himself in pole position at the Chang International Circuit.


His efforts were enough to deny Pedro Acosta, the Moto2 leader having established himself as the rider to beat in the run up to qualifying.

However, it was his countryman that would come out on top with a 1m 35.371secs lap, an impressive two tenths quicker than Acosta, who was forced to settle for second place.

On an all-Spanish front row, Albert Arenas consolidated Red Bull KTM Ajo’s strong day with his run to third on the grid, ahead of another Spaniard in Aron Canet on the Pons Wegow bike.

Local hero Somkiat Chantra put himself in a potentially good position for a victory challenge in fifth place, while Marcos Ramirez continued his fine form from practice to give American Racing its best starting position of the season in sixth.

On the weekend when Acosta could be crowned champion if he out-scores Tony Arbolino by 19 points, the odds looked good this morning when the Italian threw his Marc VDS machine down the road in P3, forcing him into Q1.

However, Arbolino bounced back in qualifying to make it through the first phase before going on to qualify in eighth place. 

Of the Brits, Jake Dixon will start ninth, with Sam Lowes in 14th and Rory Skinner 30th and last on the second of the American Racing Kalex bikes.

2023 Thailand Moto2 | Chang International Circuit, Buriram | Qualifying Results | Round 17 of 20
Pos.RiderNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 35.371
2Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 35.548
3Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 35.690
4Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 35.710
5Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 35.788
6Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex1m 35.823
7Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1m 35.928
8Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 35.963
9Jake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex1m 35.965
10Joe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 35.970
11Sergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex1m 35.973
12Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 36.039
13Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 36.044
14Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex1m 36.076
15Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 36.105
16Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 36.228
17Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex1m 36.229
18Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex1m 36.859
19Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex1m 35.941
20Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 35.957
21Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 36.154
22Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex1m 36.175
23Alex Escrig🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 36.300
24Taiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex1m 36.330
25Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 36.459
26Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex1m 36.552
27Alberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward1m 36.834
28Mattia Casadei🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex1m 37.019
29Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex1m 37.023
30Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex1m 37.358

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