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Thailand Moto2, RACE | Aldeguer untouchable for second Moto2 win, Acosta waits but title beckons

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Fermin Aldeguer, SpeedUp Racing, 2023 Moto2, Thailand Moto2, Buriram, action [Gold & Goose]

Fermin Aldeguer has swept to his second career Moto2 victory with a dominant performance in the Thailand Moto2 at Buriram, forcing Pedro Acosta to wait for his coronation as World Champion.

The in-form SpeedUp Racing rider was in devastating form as he turned a second successive pole position into a clear victory over Acosta, his first achieved in the dry following his win in sodden conditions at Silverstone earlier in the year.

Acosta brought it home in a lonely second place to extend his margin over Tony Arbolino, who to his credit mitigated the margin to his rival with a charge to fourth place.


Needing an extra 19 points over Arbolino to be confirmed as the 2023 Moto2 World Champion meant it was always likely to be a tall ask for Acosta to do what he needed around the Chang International Circuit.

His task was made all the more difficult by the steadfast Aldeguer holding onto the advantage from pole position after getting the hole-shot before swiftly getting the hammer down to establish a margin over Acosta that at one stage exceeded more than three seconds.

Though the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was able to claw back some margin in the closing stages, Aldeguer would not be denied, the Spaniard’s third straight podium hauling him up to a new peak of sixth in the overall standings.

Acosta trailed home in second to at least put one hand on the 2023 Moto2 title, the Spaniard adding another seven points over fourth place Arbolino in the standings, the pair now split by 63 points heading to Malaysia. It means Arbolino will need to out-score Acosta by ten points in Sepang to keep his title hopes alive into the penultimate round.

Behind the Spanish 1-2, Somkiat Chantra delighted the home fans with a very satisfying run to third place on the Honda Team Asia machine, a result that lifts him into contention for third in the overall standings at the expense of Jake Dixon, who crashed out heavily when he tagged Celestino Vietti, and Aron Canet, whose race was ruined by a double long lap penalty for jumping the start.

Arbolino recovered from a sloppy opening few laps to claw his way back up to fourth place, the Italian finishing ahead of Ai Ogura, who stormed up from 19th on the grid to collect a top five finish from Marcos Ramirez, who ended up sixth having run as high as third early on.

Front row starter Albert Arenas settled for seventh, ahead of Alonso Lopez and 2022 Moto3 World Champion Izan Guevara, while Manuel Gonzalez completed the top ten.

A recovering Canet brought it home for 11th, with Dennis Foggia, Jeremy Alcoba, Sam Lowes and Darryn Binder completed the points’ down to 15th.

2023 Thailand Moto2 | Chang International Circuit, Buriram | RACE Results | Round 17 of 20
1Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro22 Laps
2Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex+3.481
3Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex+9.794
4Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex+12.923
5Ai Ogura🇯🇵IDEMITSU Honda AsiaKalex+14.451
6Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦American RacingKalex+14.816
7Albert Arenas🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKalex+15.030
8Alonso Lopez🇪🇦SpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro+18.360
9Izan Guevara🇪🇦GasGas AsparKalex+19.798
10Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex+20.564
11Aron Canet🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex+20.962
12Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex+24.198
13Jeremy Alcoba🇪🇦QJMOTOR GresiniKalex+25.593
14Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingKalex+26.526
15Darryn Binder🇿🇦Husqvarna IntactGPKalex+33.565
16Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina SAG TeamKalex+33.716
17Filip Salac🇨🇿QJMOTOR GresiniKalex+33.734
18Barry Baltus🇧🇪Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex+35.157
19Alex Escrig🇮🇹Forward TeamForward+37.586
20Rory Skinner🇬🇧American RacingKalex+42.531
21Mattia Casadei🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex+55.552
22Kohta Nozane🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCampKalex+1m 04.820
DNFLukas Tulovic🇩🇪Husqvarna IntactGPKalex
DNFZonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱Fieten Olie Racing GPKalex
DNFSergio Garcia🇪🇦Pons Wegow Los40Kalex
DNFCelestino Vietti🇮🇹Fantic RacingKalex
DNFJake Dixon🇬🇧GasGas AsparKalex
DNFJoe Roberts🇺🇸Italtrans Racing TeamKalex
DNFTaiga Hada🇯🇵Pertamina SAG TeamKalex
DNFAlberto Surra🇮🇹Forward TeamForward

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