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.
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