2019 Le Mans Moto3 Qualifying Result: Maybe Q1 Isn’t All Bad

After rain slowed down proceedings in the final practice session, things dried up pretty quickly and the sun shone down on the Petronas Sprinta Racing team in particular. John McPhee topped the Q1 session and was fully dialled into the conditions by the time Q2 came about, the Scottish rider putting his experience to good use to snatch pole position at the very last minute.

Until that point, Tony Arbolino and Tatsuki Suzuki seemed pretty confident in their speed and swapped provisional pole for much of the session but had to admit defeat. The Italian settled for second on the grid, while the Japanese rider got demoted to the second row by compatriot and fairly impressive rookie Ai Ogura. Suzuki will be joined on row two by Gabriel Rodrigo and Marcos Ramirez – another survivor of Q1.

Niccolo Antonelli was probably hoping for better than seventh position but a late tumble in turn three did not help his case. The Italian should have been joined on row three by Raul Fernandez but the Spaniard was served a 12 place grid penalty for irresponsible riding on Friday, leaving eighth place to Kaito Toba. With Sergio Garcia also getting an identical penalty, Andrea Migno will line up on the grid next to Toba.

Makar Yurchenko recorded his best qualifying position and will open row four, once penalties are applied, ahead of Romano Fenati and Aron Canet, both quite subdued throughout qualifying. Lorenzo Dalla Porta’s day got worse as he scored his fourth crash of the weekend but row five won’t seem as bad compared to the day Jaume Masia had, struggling to get anywhere near Q2 and having to fight for his championship position from outside the top 20. Still, things could be worse – if you’re Darryn Binder and have to start last after a poor Q1 and a grid penalty.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'42.277    
2 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'42.467 0.190 0.190
3 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'42.515 0.238 0.048
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'42.567 0.290 0.052
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'42.743 0.466 0.176
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'42.892 0.615 0.149
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'42.951 0.674 0.059
8 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'42.961 0.684 0.010
9 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'42.969 0.692 0.008
10 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'42.988 0.711 0.019
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.019 0.742 0.031
12 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.107 0.830 0.088
13 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'43.213 0.936 0.106
14 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'43.304 1.027 0.091
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.519 1.242 0.215
16 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.589 1.312 0.070
17 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.756 1.479 0.167
18 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.801 1.524 0.045
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'43.994    
Q2 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'44.046 0.052 0.052
Q2 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'44.353 0.359 0.307
Q2 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'44.469 0.475 0.116
19 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'44.516 0.522 0.047
20 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'44.589 0.595 0.073
21 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'44.643 0.649 0.054
22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'44.710 0.716 0.067
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'44.776 0.782 0.066
24 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.837 0.843 0.061
25 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'44.913 0.919 0.076
26 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'45.116 1.122 0.203
27 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'45.535 1.541 0.419
28 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'45.796 1.802 0.261
29 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'46.092 2.098 0.296
Round Number: 
5
2019
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