2018 Assen Moto3 Qualifying Result: The Most Predictable Day Of The Weekend

The first qualifying session of the day got underway showing great promise for a proper shoot-out, which proved ultimately futile as Jorge Martin stormed to yet another impressive result. While Martin had kept a low profile since his heavy crash on Friday, the Spaniard was at the top when it mattered and placed himself at the top of the timesheets shortly after the light went green in pitlane. He did not have it all his way this time around, Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini taking turns to get in his way at the top but mistakes from both riders eventually aiding the Gresini rider’s mission. Not that he really needed any help in scoring pole number 14 to become the rider with most pole positions in the class.

Bastianini started his afternoon with an off-track excursion in troublesome turn seven but ended it in fine form in second position on the grid. Meanwhile, compatriot Nicolo Bulega joined him on the front row for the first time this season, in third position.

Canet had briefly graced the top of the standings but had a light tumble on his final time attack and had to rely on an early flying lap to stay in fourth position, over half a second slower than the poleman. Lorenzo Dalla Porta will join him on the second row, while John McPhee went from 19th on his penultimate lap to sixth by the flag.

Fabio Di Giannantonio dusted himself off from his difficult morning and will open third row of the grid, ahead of championship leader Marco Bezzecchi, who almost tangled with his teammate while stealing a slipstream from him. Marcos Ramirez rounded out row three, with Gabriel Rodrigo in the final top ten position. The RBA racer should have been joined on row four by Jakub Kornfeil and Adam Norrodin but the two naughty men were already carrying significant grid penalties from Friday, so Albert Arenas and Tony Arbolino will benefit from their misfortune.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'42.039    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'42.349 0.310 0.310
3 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'42.445 0.406 0.096
4 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'42.562 0.523 0.117
5 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'42.594 0.555 0.032
6 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'42.595 0.556 0.001
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'42.749 0.710 0.154
8 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'42.764 0.725 0.015
9 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'42.811 0.772 0.047
10 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'42.933 0.894 0.122
11 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.030 0.991 0.097
12 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'43.067 1.028 0.037
13 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.083 1.044 0.016
14 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.091 1.052 0.008
15 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'43.117 1.078 0.026
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'43.124 1.085 0.007
17 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'43.193 1.154 0.069
18 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.212 1.173 0.019
19 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.268 1.229 0.056
20 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'43.275 1.236 0.007
21 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.290 1.251 0.015
22 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.390 1.351 0.100
23 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.452 1.413 0.062
24 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.527 1.488 0.075
25 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'43.746 1.707 0.219
26 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'43.894 1.855 0.148
27 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'43.938 1.899 0.044
28 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'44.271 2.232 0.333
29 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'44.616 2.577 0.345
30 18 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT KTM 1'45.879 3.840 1.263
Round Number: 
8
2018
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