Night fell over Losail and the lightweight class raced against the clock for the first time this year, looking to get their seasons to an optimum start. At the end of the two qualifying sessions, the first pole position of 2020 went to Tatsuki Suzuki. The Japanese rider escaped Q1, set camp at the top of the timesheets on his second flying lap of Q2 and despite missing out on a final time attack due to his Honda getting some extra attention from his mechanics, no rival was able to go one better than Suzuki, who snatched the Moto3 pole record in the process.
After a solid showing throughout practice and a friendly tow from his teammate, Raul Fernandez will be starting his first race for the Red Bull KTM squad from the middle of the front row. He will be joined by Albert Arenas, whose up and down weekend saw him go through Q1 and then climb to third on the grid. Darryn Binder looks set to have a calmer start to his season from the second row of the grid, which he will share with Ai Ogura and Jaume Masia.
Andrea Migno opens row three ahead of top rookie Deniz Oncu and class veteran John McPhee. Tony Arbolino completes the top ten and is joined by rookie Jeremy Alcoba and the KTM of Kaito Toba on row four. Gabriel Rodrigo looked like he turned his weekend around by topping Q1 but bad luck struck again in Q2 and the Gresini rider missed out on the final time attack with bike issues, dropping down to 13th on the grid. He will be starting from fifth row, together with an underwhelming qualifying time from Sergio Garcia and a solid start for rookie Yuki Kunii.
With Romano Fenati last in Q2 and the likes of Dennis Foggia, Filip Salac, Ayumu Sasaki and Alonso Lopez even lower down the grid, there’s no reason why the Moto3 race wouldn’t treat us to the usual fireworks to celebrate the start of the season.
|30||20||Jose Julian GARCIA||Honda||2'07.495||2.241||0.235|
|31||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Honda||2'07.535||2.281||0.040|