2019 Sepang Moto3 Qualifying Result: Timing To Perfection

While dark clouds were enveloping the circuit, the Moto3 class was playing an even riskier game than usual by waiting around for a tow – their preferred strategy for all conditions. Rain flags waved almost from the start of Q1 but for the most part it was nothing too threatening for slick tyres.

After topping FP3 with the fastest time of the weekend, Tatsuki Suzuki was in the groove straight away and topped the timesheets after the first run of hot laps. The pace calmed down soon after, as more raindrops collected on cameras and visors, but riders had to ignore that as they rejoined the action for one final flying lap. However, the rain was less of a problem than their timing, most of the lot missing on that final lap by mere seconds or less. One man who timed it right was Marcos Ramirez, the Spaniard using the helpful reference of his world champion teammate to secure a second consecutive pole position.

A frustrated Suzuki missed out on a final time attack by a hair’s breadth and had to settle for second, one tenth of a second behind pole. John McPhee also timed it well and will start his team’s home GP from third on the grid – his third front row start of the season. Albert Arenas had a busy afternoon, escaping Q1 from top spot only to run out of fresh tyres but the Spaniard was aided by the shenanigans in Q2 and secured a second row start, giving himself good odds of continuing his excellent podium run in the flyaways. Celestino Vietti gets closer to the Rookie of the Year title by starting fifth, with Darryn Binder making a late jump to the second row of the grid.

The newly crowd champion opens row three, Lorenzo Dalla Porta mere hundredths of a second ahead of Ayumu Sasaki and Gabriel Rodrigo. A feisty row four starts with Alonso Lopez, joined by Q1 escapee Jaume Masia and Aron Canet. After doing a great job in Q1, Niccolo Antonelli chose to sit out Q2 and not risk worsening any lingering injuries given the questionable conditions. The Italian will start 17th, while Tony Arbolino, Raul Fernandez and Romano Fenati were the big losers of Q1, starting 19th, 20th and 21st on the grid.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 2'11.758    
2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'11.885 0.127 0.127
3 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'11.990 0.232 0.105
4 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'12.172 0.414 0.182
5 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'12.314 0.556 0.142
6 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'12.332 0.574 0.018
7 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'12.343 0.585 0.011
8 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'12.369 0.611 0.026
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'12.385 0.627 0.016
10 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'12.396 0.638 0.011
11 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'12.520 0.762 0.124
12 44 Aron CANET KTM 2'12.749 0.991 0.229
13 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'12.790 1.032 0.041
14 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'12.797 1.039 0.007
15 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'13.142 1.384 0.345
16 61 Can ONCU KTM 2'13.160 1.402 0.018
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda      
18 27 Kaito TOBA Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'12.390    
Q2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'12.528 0.138 0.138
Q2 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'12.620 0.230 0.092
Q2 61 Can ONCU KTM 2'12.753 0.363 0.133
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'12.757 0.367 0.004
20 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'12.933 0.543 0.176
21 55 Romano FENATI Honda 2'13.195 0.805 0.262
22 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'13.227 0.837 0.032
23 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'13.307 0.917 0.080
24 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'13.412 1.022 0.105
25 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2'13.771 1.381 0.359
26 12 Filip SALAC KTM 2'13.778 1.388 0.007
27 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'14.220 1.830 0.442
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'14.333 1.943 0.113
29 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 2'14.907 2.517 0.574
Round Number: 
18
2019
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