Moto2: Dixon takes Maiden Pole in Mandalika

Published on March 19, 2022
By Admin

Jake Dixon continues his success streak this weekend, fronting Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes on Row 1.

The Q2 session saw multiple crashes, with the likes of Albert Arenas, Cameron Beaubier and Jorge Navarro all falling victim of Turn 2. With top contenders Ai Ogura and Marcel Schrotter failing to make it out of Q1, all eyes were on who would take advantage of the missing pair.

Fresh out of Q1, it was Somkiat Chantra who lead the pack at the start of the second session. The IDEMISTU Honda Team Asia held the front until 6 minutes to go, when Sam Lowes claimed the top spot. However, despite ending yesterday’s sessions back in 18th position, the Thai rider will start the race in a very respectable 4th position on the grid.

Despite Lowes taking to the top with half of the session remaining, it was only a brief affair as compatriot Jake Dixon shot to P1 only a minute later, with Fernandez also making an appearance in provisional P2, bumping Lowes back to third position.

The final minutes of the session saw Dixon’s time of 1:35.799 go unchallenged, as Lowes and Fernandez battled it out for the remaining front row spots. Eventually, it was Fernandez who came out ahead of his former teammate to take the middle spot of the Front Row.

Dixon’s debut Pole couldn’t have come better, with the Brit storming the combined timesheets for Friday’s Free Practices to then go unchallenged in today’s Qualifying – gapping Fernandez by a whole tenth of a second. If all goes to plan tomorrow, we could be witnessing a debut victory for the Brit as well.

Bo Bendsneyder will sit behind Chantra on the grid in P5, as Arenas was successfully able to recover from his early crash to claim 6th place.

Qatar Conqueror Celestino Vietti fell short in today’s sessions, as the Italian will lead the Third Row in P7, despite his strong results in Free Practice yesterday. Tony Arbolino follows behind in 8th position, while Simone Corsi claims the final spot on Row 3 after improving on his P17 result from Friday’s sessions.

Pedro Acosta finished the session in P10 after a last-minute crash at the now-infamous Turn 2. The Spaniard will have been looking for a better result today, after earning himself a long-lap penalty due to crashing under yellow flags in yesterday’s FP2. However, despite the negatives, Acosta was lucky to not lose any positions to other riders at the chequered flag and remain inside the Top 10. Tomorrow will be all about timing for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider. Fellow crasher Cameron Beaubier follows behind in P11, as Fermin Aldeguer ends Row 4 in 12th position.

Aron Canet was set to start the race from P8 on the grid. However, a lap cancellation demoted the Pons Racing rider back to 13th place, followed by Marcos Ramirez and Jeremy Alcoba on Row 5, while Manuel Gonzalez and Jorge Navarro will start from P17 and P18, after not returning to the track following their early crashes.

Can Jake Dixon claim his first ever victory in the intermediate class tomorrow? Grab some coffee, as it’s an early start to find out!

Moto2’s Race will begin at 13:20 Local Time (GMT +8).

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