2018 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Result: The Collector Strikes Again

It was showtime for the lightweight class at the Sachsenring and the stage was set with hot tarmac under bright sunshine. The first protagonist was once again Jorge Martin, the pole expert three tenths ahead of the field after the first run. The only real action for the first half of the session were some early tumbles for Marco Bezzecchi in turn three and Lorenzo Dalla Porta in the first turn.

The action only heated up in the final five minutes but it was Martin who turned the timesheets red once again by extending his lead to nearly half a second. That was the challenge set for the rest of the field and Enea Bastianini was no slouch, although the Italian immediately lost out to Marcos Ramirez, who was strategically placed in his slipstream once they reached the finish line. The duo got as close as six hundredths of a second of Martin but in the end it was the Gresini rider who lined up to get another Tissot and will start his charge for victory from pole position.

With Ramirez and Bastianini completing the front row, Jaume Masia was best of the rest despite a hefty crash earlier in the day. The Spaniard will be joined on row two by compatriot Aron Canet, who lost a bit of momentum – first with a crash and then squabbling with Lorenzo Dalla Porta for track position – and Tony Arbolino, the young Italian only three tenths down on pole.

Marco Bezzecchi dusted himself off from his early tumble to finish seventh and was joined by John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki in the third row line-up. Fabio Di Giannantonio recovered enough ground after a disastrous FP3 to climb onto row four, ahead of Albert Arenas and Gabriel Rodrigo.

With the top 21 riders covered by one second, the one to draw the short straw was once again Nicolo Bulega, the Sky rider starting from 23rd on the grid.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'26.434    
2 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'26.494 0.060 0.060
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'26.499 0.065 0.005
4 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'26.696 0.262 0.197
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'26.740 0.306 0.044
6 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'26.745 0.311 0.005
7 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'26.783 0.349 0.038
8 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'26.792 0.358 0.009
9 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'26.827 0.393 0.035
10 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'26.891 0.457 0.064
11 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'26.969 0.535 0.078
12 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'26.987 0.553 0.018
13 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'27.016 0.582 0.029
14 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'27.017 0.583 0.001
15 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'27.161 0.727 0.144
16 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'27.199 0.765 0.038
17 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'27.237 0.803 0.038
18 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'27.274 0.840 0.037
19 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'27.287 0.853 0.013
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'27.328 0.894 0.041
21 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'27.339 0.905 0.011
22 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'27.489 1.055 0.150
23 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'27.489 1.055  
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'27.527 1.093 0.038
25 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'27.766 1.332 0.239
26 43 Luca GRÜNWALD KTM 1'28.145 1.711 0.379
27 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'28.305 1.871 0.160
28 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'28.427 1.993 0.122
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'28.647 2.213 0.220
30 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'28.976 2.542 0.329
Round Number: 
9
2018
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