Jake Dixon takes his second win of the season following a number of battles with second place finisher Aron Canet and championship leader Pedro Acosta. The podium was completed by the local racer, Albert Arenas. Acosta’s closest rival, Tony Arbolino, finished down the order in 17th place.
Both Dixon and Ai Ogura made good starts when the lights went out, but it was the Brit who retained the lead into the first corner. Manuel Gonzalez improved to second place at turn two and immediately began looking to make a move on the race leader. Acosta gained one position on the first lap to sit in eighth place.
And they're off!
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Gonzalez was able to make a move on Dixon during the second lap, but the pair swapped back and forth and by the third lap Gonzalez, Dixon and third placed rider Canet began to break away from the main pack.
A successful move for the lead was made by Gonzalez on the fifth lap into turn one. Dixon continued to drop down the order following a move from Canet on the Asterius GASGAS Aspar Team rider. Acosta continued his charge up the field and by lap 9 he was on the tail of Dixon.
The lead changed hands on lap 10 when Canet made a move into the first corner on his fellow countryman and Acosta made the same move but on Dixon. The following lap, Acosta was able to take second place from Gonzalez but this fighting behind Canet allowed the Pons Wegow Los40 rider to start to extend his lead at the front of the field.
Fermin Aldeguer was having a strong race in the chasing pack before he was given a long lap penalty on lap 12 for exceeding track limits. He took the penalty, but race control determined that he did not take it correctly, so he had to do it again. This dropped him down the order and took him out of contention for the higher points.
Gonzalez began to struggle around lap thirteen and Dixon was able to take the inside line at turn one and get past him. The British rider was able to join Acosta and Canet to form a small breakaway from the fourth placed rider.
It only took a few laps for Acosta to begin to shape up a move on Canet and the move was completed at turn 12 on lap 14. Canet immediately began looking to take the lead back and as Acosta had a wobble on lap fifteen, he hoped he could make a move.
But Dixon was able to make the move on Canet down the start-finish straight on lap 16 and took the inside line into turn one. Canet immediately repaid the favour by making a block pass at turn three and retook the lead at turn thirteen.
Acosta made the move on Canet on lap 17 to regain the lead and Dixon almost followed him through but was unable to. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made a mistake following that overtake and dropped down the order to fifth place after being passed by Dixon, Canet, Arenas, and Gonzalez.
The lead swapped hands once again with Dixon taking the lead at turn ten on lap 18. But the drama began slightly further down the field with Acosta having contact with Alonso Lopez and both went off the track, dropping them down to sixth and seventh respectively.
Can Jake hold on?!
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Canet continued to look at making a move on Dixon into the final lap at turns one, three and twelve but could not do so allowing Dixon to come across the line in first place, taking his second win of the season.
Arenas took his first podium of the season by finishing in third place. He was followed by Sergio Garcia, Gonzalez and Acosta who extended his championship lead. Ogura finished the race in seventh followed by Lopez who may be on the receiving end of a penalty due to cutting a corner when he rejoined the racetrack. Sam Lowes finished the race in ninth place with Celestino Vietti following just behind in tenth.
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|CATALUNYA MOTO2 GRAND PRIX, BARCELONA – RACE RESULTS|
|1||Jake Dixon||GBR||Asterius GASGAS Aspar Team||(Kalex)||36m 51.330s|
|2||Aron Canet||SPA||Pons Wegow Los40||(Kalex)||36m 51.535s|
|3||Albert Arenas||SPA||Red Bull KTM Ajo||(Kalex)||36m 52.357s|
|4||Sergio Garcia||SPA||Pons Wegow Los40||(Kalex)||36m 53.588s|
|5||Manuel Gonzalez||SPA||Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46||(Kalex)||36m 53.992s|
|6||Pedro Acosta||SPA||Red Bull KTM Ajo||(Kalex)||36m 54.994s|
|7||Ai Ogura||JPN||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||(Kalex)||36m 55.569s|
|8||Alonso Lopez||SPA||Beta Tools SpeedUp||(Boscoscuro)||36m 55.644s|
|9||Sam Lowes||GBR||Elf Marc VDS Racing Team||(Kalex)||36m 55.937s|
|10||Celestino Vietti||ITA||Fantic Racing||(Kalex)||37m 0.059s|
|11||Joe Roberts||USA||Italtrans Racing Team||(Kalex)||37m 0.806s|
|12||Barry Baltus||BEL||Fieten Olie Racing GP||(Kalex)||37m 0.926s|
|13||Fermín Aldeguer||SPA||Beta Tools SpeedUp||(Boscoscuro)||37m 1.151s|
|14||Somkiat Chantra||THA||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||(Kalex)||37m 2.300s|
|15||Jeremy Alcoba||SPA||QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2||(Kalex)||37m 2.513s|
|16||Marcos Ramirez||SPA||OnlyFans American Racing||(Kalex)||37m 2.645s|
|17||Tony Arbolino||ITA||Elf Marc VDS Racing Team||(Kalex)||37m 8.189s|
|18||Zonta Vd Goorbergh||NED||Fieten Olie Racing GP||(Kalex)||37m 9.677s|
|19||Lukas Tulovic||GER||Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP||(Kalex)||37m 16.867s|
|20||Borja Gomez||SPA||Fantic Racing||(Kalex)||37m 17.118s|
|21||Dennis Foggia||ITA||Italtrans Racing Team||(Kalex)||37m 17.518s|
|22||Mattia Rato||ITA||Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team||(Kalex)||37m 20.773s|
|23||Rory Skinner||GBR||OnlyFans American Racing||(Kalex)||37m 26.538s|
|24||Kohta Nozane||JPN||Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46||(Kalex)||37m 30.693s|
|25||Izan Guevara||SPA||Asterius GASGAS Aspar Team||(Kalex)||37m 43.416s|
|26||Yeray Ruiz||SPA||Forward Team||(Forward)||37m 44.538s|
|Filip Salac||CZE||QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2||(Kalex)||DNF|
|Bo Bendsneyder||NED||Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team||(Kalex)||DNF|
|Senna Agius||AUS||Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP||(Kalex)||DNF|
|Alberto Surra||ITA||Forward Team||(Forward)||DNF|