2020 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Result: New Season New Record

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.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'04.815    
2 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'04.823 0.008 0.008
3 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'04.925 0.110 0.102
4 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'05.026 0.211 0.101
5 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'05.065 0.250 0.039
6 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 2'05.086 0.271 0.021
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'05.129 0.314 0.043
8 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 2'05.176 0.361 0.047
9 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'05.242 0.427 0.066
10 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'05.327 0.512 0.085
11 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'05.343 0.528 0.016
12 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 2'05.421 0.606 0.078
13 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'05.512 0.697 0.091
14 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'05.586 0.771 0.074
15 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 2'05.843 1.028 0.257
16 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'05.906 1.091 0.063
17 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 2'06.003 1.188 0.097
18 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 2'06.165 1.350 0.162
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'05.254    
Q2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'05.276 0.022 0.022
Q2 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'05.514 0.260 0.238
Q2 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'05.758 0.504 0.244
19 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 2'05.793 0.539 0.035
20 12 Filip SALAC Honda 2'05.966 0.712 0.173
21 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 2'06.040 0.786 0.074
22 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'06.056 0.802 0.016
23 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 2'06.128 0.874 0.072
24 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 2'06.376 1.122 0.248
25 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 2'06.511 1.257 0.135
26 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 2'06.786 1.532 0.275
27 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 2'06.821 1.567 0.035
28 60 Dirk GEIGER KTM 2'07.258 2.004 0.437
29 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 2'07.260 2.006 0.002
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
Round Number: 
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2020
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