2020 Le Mans Moto3 Qualifying Result: Last Minute Glory

The sun told lies as the lightweight class started their qualifying session because the temperatures were nothing to write home about, unless in the form of a complaint. A cool Le Mans was the cause of a handful of crashes over the two qualifying sessions and many cancelled laptimes for riders too eager to post a fast time. Although only seven riders entered the final shootout with a time on the board, the all time lap record eventually tumbled at the hands of many and Jaume Masia proved to be the fastest of the lot. The Spaniard’s final flying lap secured him a first pole position of the season, only two hundredths of a second ahead of Albert Arenas and with John McPhee joining them on the front row of the grid.

Raul Fernandez looked set to open row two but a late laptime cancellation dropped him to ninth, promoting Sergio Garcia to fourth. Gabriel Rodrigo had an eventful afternoon, narrowly escaping Q1 despite a late crash out of infamous turn 3 and his machine escaped too much damage, allowing him to rejoin in Q2 and climb all the way to fifth. Tony Arbolino completes the second row lineup, half a second off pole.

Ayumu Sasaki, Romano Fenati and Fernandez make up row three, with Celestino Vietti rounding out the top ten. Championship leader Ai Ogura entered the final time attack with no time posted due to a yellow flag infringement early in Q2 and did not make it past turn 7 – the costly crash leaving him last in the session and set to start 18th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'41.399    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'41.419 0.020 0.020
3 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'41.846 0.447 0.427
4 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'41.920 0.521 0.074
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'41.947 0.548 0.027
6 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'41.962 0.563 0.015
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'41.982 0.583 0.020
8 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.232 0.833 0.250
9 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'42.349 0.950 0.117
10 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'42.363 0.964 0.014
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'42.383 0.984 0.020
12 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'42.539 1.140 0.156
13 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'42.544 1.145 0.005
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'42.597 1.198 0.053
15 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.112 1.713 0.515
16 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda      
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM      
18 79 Ai Ogura Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'42.317    
Q2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'42.353 0.036 0.036
Q2 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'42.444 0.127 0.091
Q2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'42.470 0.153 0.026
19 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'42.627 0.310 0.157
20 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'42.636 0.319 0.009
21 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'42.796 0.479 0.160
22 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'43.023 0.706 0.227
23 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'43.117 0.800 0.094
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.118 0.801 0.001
25 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'43.226 0.909 0.108
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'43.338 1.021 0.112
27 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'43.623 1.306 0.285
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'43.640 1.323 0.017
29 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'43.660 1.343 0.020
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.886 1.569 0.226
31 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'44.161 1.844 0.275
Round Number: 
10
2020
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