2022 Mandalika Moto2 FP2 Result: Dixon Leads Vietti

If only a few brave souls were tempted by slick tyres in the damp morning session, the track dried up nicely and the sun came out to watch by the time FP2 came along. The provisional top 14 ended up being decided in a last-minute shootout, when Jake Dixon found over half a second over the rest of the field. Sam Lowes tried to close the gap to his compatriot on his final flying lap but a tumble at turn 10 lost him the opportunity and allowed championship leader Celestino Vietti to sneak ahead.

Pedro Acosta was one of the early leaders of the session but the rookie went down at turn two just as he picked up top spot and was soon under investigation for crashing under yellow flags, prompted by an earlier tumble for Aron Canet. The Moto3 champion was able to rejoin soon after and climb up the timesheets into fourth position, ahead of teammate Augusto Fernandez.

Fermin Aldeguer was another of the top riders on Saturday afternoon, eventually dropping to sixth, seven tenths off top spot. Albert Arenas, Tony Arbolino and Canet also posted times within a second of the leader, while rookie Manuel Gonzalez completed the top ten, helped by his previous experience of the track in WorldSSP. A more experienced quartet rounded out the combined top 14 positions, Jorge Navarro ahead of Cameron Beaubier, Marcos Ramirez and Romano Fenati, leaving the likes of Marcel Schrotter, Jeremy Alcoba and Ai Ogura with time to find in FP3.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff    
1 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1:35.897    
2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1:36.328 0.431 0.431
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:36.491 0.594 0.163
4 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 1:36.529 0.632 0.038
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:36.636 0.739 0.107
6 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1:36.647 0.75 0.011
7 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 1:36.681 0.784 0.034
8 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1:36.701 0.804 0.02
9 40 Aron Canet Kalex 1:36.795 0.898 0.094
10 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 1:36.971 1.074 0.176
11 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:36.973 1.076 0.002
12 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1:37.056 1.159 0.083
13 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 1:37.057 1.16 0.001
14 5 Romano Fenati Boscoscuro 1:37.085 1.188 0.028
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:37.191 1.294 0.106
16 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 1:37.200 1.303 0.009
17 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1:37.278 1.381 0.078
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:37.303 1.406 0.025
19 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1:37.346 1.449 0.043
20 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1:37.396 1.499 0.05
21 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1:37.473 1.576 0.077
22 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 1:37.588 1.691 0.115
23 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 1:37.875 1.978 0.287
24 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 1:37.944 2.047 0.069
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1:37.955 2.058 0.011
26 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Kalex 1:38.093 2.196 0.138
27 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 1:38.225 2.328 0.132
28 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 1:38.364 2.467 0.139
29 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 1:38.537 2.64 0.173
30 12 Filip Salac Kalex 1:38.836 2.939 0.299
Round Number: 
2
2022
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Comments

One of two things, you didn't slow down or a sort of bonus dumbo award. If you didn't slow down then it's assumed you wouldn't have crashed if you had slowed down. If you slow down and crash, you deserve a award but there's no spare watches available so a penalty will have to do. No matter how you crash the bike can still hit the marshals.

I wonder how visible those flags would be, all flag stations are a long way from the track. Not sure if that flag could be seen from the run between turn 1 and turn 2. I think so. Was a strange crash, off throttle, he might well have been trying to slow down more than he had already slowed. Didn't look like he was going fast when you compare Acosta to Dalla Porta behind who looked like he was cruising. If so, he got a special penalty for a special move.