Moto2: Jake Dixon Wins the Moto2 Motul TT Assen Race.

Published on June 25, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Britain’s Jake Dixon takes his first Moto2 victory at Assen.

For the Moto2 Motul TT Assen Grand Prix Alonso Lopez was on pole position, Britain’s Jake Dixon qualified in second place; Jake has had strong form throughout the weekend’s proceedings, taking the final grid place on the front row was Ai Ogura.

Lights out and Lopez lead the pack of Moto2 riders into turn one, Jake got pushed back one place to third place. Pedro Acosta had a bad start and was down in seventh place. Lopez was comfortably leading the way from Ai Ogura.

Championship leader Tony Arbolino was in eighth place just behind Aron Canet, Sam Lowes was down in 11th place. After two laps the leading trio had a second gap to the rest of the field of Moto2 riders. Acosta was on the move and in fourth place, chasing the leading trio.

Acosta was closing in on Dixon with 16 laps to go, Fermin Aldeguer was given a Long Lap Penalty due to cutting the chicane. Dixon made a move on Ogura for second place, the Brit was now in second place.

Somikat Chantra crashed out at turn one with 13 laps to go. The leading quartet were so close, Dixon was trying to find a way past Lopez as was Acosta on Ogura. Canet and Arbolino were just over a second away from the leaders.

Dixon took the lead at the half-way point of the race on the start finish straight. Ogura slid underneath Lopez as did Acosta, Lopez was now in fourth place after leading for half of the race. Jake ran wide at turn five, it looked like he hit a false neutral, he was now down in third place. Acosta almost lost the front end at the chicane! that handed second place to Jake and gave Ogura a second gap lead at the front.

Izan Guevara’s woes continued as he crashed out with six laps to go. Acosta was handed a Long Lap Penalty, his victory chance was now slipping away.

Jake took the lead with just under two laps remaining to the race, there was contact between Jake and Ogura, it was that close.

Jake crossed the finish line to take his first Moto2 victory, finally the Brit did it! Ogura was second, Acosta just hung on to third place.

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