2020 Austria Moto3 Qualifying Result: Here To Stay

Forget the cataclysmic forecast for Saturday at the Red Bull Ring because qualifying sessions for the lightweight class started with a completely dry track that allowed riders to give their best in the fight for pole position. Dark clouds were purely spectators to all the cancelled laptimes but eventually they witnessed a second consecutive pole position from Raul Fernandez. The Spaniard was pretty subdued throughout the session but brought KTM their first accolade of the weekend with a fantastic final flying lap.

Albert Arenas had his sights set on pole as well, after briefly leading proceedings, but the Spaniard will start his defence of the championship lead from second on the grid. John McPhee will be there to keep him honest, the Petronas racer making a late jump onto the front row, only three hundredths of a second slower than the poleman.

Jaume Masia looked like a solid challenger throughout but had to settle for a second row start, alongside early session leader Celestino Vietti and Tatsuki Suzuki. Gabriel Rodrigo in seventh place was less than three tenths off the lead and opens row three ahead of Tony Arbolino and Q1 leader Riccardo Rossi. Deniz Oncu also escaped Q1 to score a solid tenth starting position alongside Brno victor Dennis Foggia and Andrea Migno, with championship contender Ai Agura down in 13th.

The final results were impacted by a late yellow flag brought out by Kaito Toba’s painful looking high side at turn 10 and the Japanese rider will have to start 17th. However, the most miserable men in the paddock will be Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez, the two teammates starting from the very back of the grid after a disappointing Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'36.277    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'36.288 0.011 0.011
3 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'36.306 0.029 0.018
4 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'36.371 0.094 0.065
5 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'36.462 0.185 0.091
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'36.495 0.218 0.033
7 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'36.571 0.294 0.076
8 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'36.644 0.367 0.073
9 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'36.730 0.453 0.086
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'36.756 0.479 0.026
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'36.857 0.580 0.101
12 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'36.891 0.614 0.034
13 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'36.937 0.660 0.046
14 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'37.064 0.787 0.127
15 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.067 0.790 0.003
16 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.143 0.866 0.076
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'37.398 1.121 0.255
18 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'37.565 1.288 0.167
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'37.032    
Q2 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.111 0.079 0.079
Q2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'37.159 0.127 0.048
Q2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'37.232 0.200 0.073
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'37.300 0.268 0.068
20 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'37.424 0.392 0.124
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'37.502 0.470 0.078
22 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'37.504 0.472 0.002
23 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'37.552 0.520 0.048
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'37.662 0.630 0.110
25 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'37.758 0.726 0.096
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'37.899 0.867 0.141
27 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'37.923 0.891 0.024
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'38.094 1.062 0.171
29 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'38.402 1.370 0.308
30 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.537 1.505 0.135
31 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'38.827 1.795 0.290
Round Number: 
5
2020
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