Moto2 2022
Round 20

Ogura All Set For Thrilling World-Title Decider

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Ai Ogura (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) will start tomorrow’s Moto2 season finale from the second row of the grid, just behind title leader and championship rival Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull Ajo Kalex).

Ogura All Set For Thrilling World-Title Decider

Ogura has staged an impressive title assault this year, winning three races, including September’s Japanese GP, to go into the last race second overall, 9.5 points behind series leader Fernandez. The 21-year-old from Saitama will therefore need to score at least ten more points than the 25-year-old Spaniard to win his first World Championship. In 2020 Ogura finished second in the Moto3 series, riding a Honda NSF250RW. 

He ended qualifying less than four tenths of a second behind pole position, so he knows he has the speed to put up a great challenge in this last race. 

Team-mate Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) was fifth fastest at the end of yesterday’s two free practice sessions but couldn’t recreate that speed in qualifying. The 23-year-old Thai rider will therefore start the race from the fourth row in 12th. 

Pole position went to mightily impressive rookie Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools Speed Up Boscoscuro), winner of the recent San Marino and Australian Moto2 races. The 20-year-old Spaniard will share the front row with 2021 Moto3 world champion Pedro Acosta (Red Bull Ajo Kalex) and Fernandez. Lopez’s best lap was just 0.001 seconds faster than Acosta’s best. 

The second row will be Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), Ogura and Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex). 

Moto2’s next official engagements will be 2023 pre-season testing at Jerez, Spain, and Portimao, Portugal. The 2023 MotoGP World Championship will start in Portugal on 26th March.

Ai Ogura
Ai Ogura 79
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
I'm pleased because I didn't expect a place on the second row at this circuit. We made a step ahead from yesterday. We've done an excellent job regarding the lap time and grid position. A place on the second row is perfect for us here in Valencia. The front-row guys are fast and staying with them will not be easy. To do it, I need to take another big step ahead. I will do my maximum, maybe more than other races, but not do anything crazy. 

Somkiat Chantra
Somkiat Chantra 35
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
I'm happy about my performance today – 12th is my best grid position ever here in Valencia. Also, it's the first time I've ridden in 34s, more than a second and a half better than before. The gap between all the riders is tiny, which means all the options are open for tomorrow's race. 

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