Moto2 2022
Round 4

Ogura and Chantra Will Start Americas GP From 11th And 17th

us Circuit Of The Americas

Team-mates Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) and Ai Ogura (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) had high hopes of backing up their historic double podium at last Sunday’s Argentine GP with a great Saturday at the Grand Prix of Americas.

Ogura and Chantra Will Start Americas GP From 11th And 17th

During this afternoon’s QP qualifying session both riders looked super-strong – Chantra going fastest with nine minutes remaining, then a few moments later Ogura bettered him!

However, the end of the session was less kind to the pair. Ogura was riding hard to secure a front-row start with five minutes to go when he lost the rear end exiting the Turn 11 hairpin. The 21-year-old from Chiba took a tumble and although unhurt was unable to better his earlier time. He ended up 11th fastest, so he will start the race from the fourth row of the grid.

Chantra completed the high-pressure 15-minute outing 17th quickest, putting the 23-year-old Thai rider on the sixth row for tomorrow’s race, the fourth round of the 21-round 2022 Moto2 season.

Chantra currently stands third overall in the points chase, thanks to his first victory in Indonesia and his second place in Argentina. Ogura is fourth on points.

Pole position went to Cameron Beaubier (American Racing), a first pole position for the 29-year-old American, who came to Grand Prix racing last year after dominating the US Superbikes series for several years.

Beaubier will be joined on the front row by World Championship leader Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and second-overall Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40), who was going for pole in the final moments of Q2 when he slid off.

The second row is Tony Arbolino (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team), Albert Arenas (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team) and Jake Dixon (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team).

The top ten is completed by Jorge Navarro (Flexbox HP40), Fermín Aldeguer (MB Conveyors Speed Up), Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team).

Ai Ogura
Ai Ogura 79
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
Today in FP3 I improved quite a lot; I could be close to the top. I had a good feeling in qualifying but unfortunately I crashed, and I will have to start from P11 tomorrow. I feel good and the crash was just a small highside after losing the front. It isn’t a big problem because I feel pretty good. We start a bit from the back and at this circuit it’s not easy to be in the middle of the pack. Just keep focused and try to catch the positions one by one.

Somkiat Chantra
Somkiat Chantra 35
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
This morning I had a small crash in FP3, so we lost crucial practice time for Q2. I decided to try riding alone and do the lap time like this because it's the easier way to set up the bike. Now we have something to try for tomorrow. I'm convinced that will help us a lot and the bike will be better.

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