2018 Argentina Moto3 QP: Timing Is Everything

Tony Arbolino timed his fast lap to perfection, setting a 1'53.782 just as rain began to fall to seize his first-ever pole position during Saturday qualifying at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Arbolino set his top time with a full 15 minutes left in qualifying, making his final charge just before riders began to pit for full rain tires.

The pole lap bumped Marco Bezzecchi into second on the grid, his best-ever qualifying position. Bezzecchi, who led much of the session early on, has been near or at the top of the timesheet in all of the qualifying sessions except FP2.  Local hero Gabriel Rodrigo grabbed the final spot on the front row -- matching the Argentinian rider's qualifying session at the season's first race in Qatar.

Adam Norrodin, consistently fast in mixed conditions, leads the second row of the grid. Enea Bastianini (5th) is looking to improve on a no-points race at season opener. Fabio Di Giannantonio completed the second row at more than half a second off the top time.

The rain during the final third of the session meant that riders who set early fast laps were left couldn't improve on those times. Niccolo Antonelli leads the third row just a whisker in front of Aron Canet (8th). Championship leader Jorge Martin completes the third row with Andrea Migno rounding out the top 10.

Result:

Pos.  No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'53.782      
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'54.088 0.306 / 0.306
3 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'54.330 0.548 / 0.242
4 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'54.346 0.564 / 0.016
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'54.361 0.579 / 0.015
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.363 0.581 / 0.002
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'54.366 0.584 / 0.003
8 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'54.380 0.598 / 0.014
9 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'54.388 0.606 / 0.008
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.562 0.780 / 0.174
11 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'54.568 0.786 / 0.006
12 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'54.649 0.867 / 0.081
13 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.799 1.017 / 0.150
14 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'54.988 1.206 / 0.189
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'55.323 1.541 / 0.335
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'55.458 1.676 / 0.135
17 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'55.514 1.732 / 0.056
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'55.516 1.734 / 0.002
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'55.604 1.822 / 0.088
20 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'55.800 2.018 / 0.196
21 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'55.982 2.200 / 0.182
22 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'56.107 2.325 / 0.125
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'56.176 2.394 / 0.069
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'56.222 2.440 / 0.046
25 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'56.333 2.551 / 0.111
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'56.478 2.696 / 0.145
27 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'57.976 4.194 / 1.498
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'00.087 6.305 / 2.111
             
Round Number: 
2
2018
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