2020 Aragon Moto3 Qualifying Result: Different Venue, Same Story

An acceptably warm afternoon at Motorland Aragon set the scene for the first qualifying session of the day and it was the usual script for the lightweight class. Having looked strong throughout the weekend, Raul Fernandez set the bar high halfway throughout Q2 and no one could rob him of his fourth pole position of the season. Celestino Vietti reduced the gap to only five hundredths of a second to secure his first front row start of the season and the two leaders seemed to be some of the few riders not blatantly cruising in the closing stages of Q2, which could mean some upcoming penalties. Championship leader Albert Arenas made a late and possibly crucial jump onto the front row, half a second off pole.

Alonso Lopez is set to open the second row ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki and Romano Fenati, while Carlos Tatay expertly strategized his way out of Q1 and onto the third row of the grid. Championship hopeful Ai Ogura qualified in a more respectable eighth, joined on row three by Q1 escapee Gabriel Rodrigo. John McPhee was the last rider to sneak out of Q1 and completed the top 10 in Q2, eighth tenths off pole and in the company of Darryn Binder and Niccolo Antonelli on row four.

Jaume Masia continued his up and down weekend with a disappointing 17th position in qualifying, ahead of Ayumu Sasaki, who collaborated well with Tatay to escape Q1 but could not replicate that the second time around.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'57.681    
2 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'57.740 0.059 0.059
3 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'58.191 0.510 0.451
4 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'58.212 0.531 0.021
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'58.268 0.587 0.056
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'58.272 0.591 0.004
7 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'58.315 0.634 0.043
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'58.365 0.684 0.050
9 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'58.549 0.868 0.184
10 17 John McPhee Honda 1'58.550 0.869 0.001
11 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'58.562 0.881 0.012
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'58.806 1.125 0.244
13 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'58.890 1.209 0.084
14 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'59.221 1.540 0.331
15 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'59.280 1.599 0.059
16 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'59.319 1.638 0.039
17 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'59.438 1.757 0.119
18 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'59.949 2.268 0.511
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'58.644    
Q2 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'58.744 0.100 0.100
Q2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'58.959 0.315 0.215
Q2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'59.074 0.430 0.115
19 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'59.120 0.476 0.046
20 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'59.181 0.537 0.061
21 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'59.285 0.641 0.104
22 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'59.310 0.666 0.025
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'59.409 0.765 0.099
24 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'59.419 0.775 0.010
25 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'59.443 0.799 0.024
26 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'59.465 0.821 0.022
27 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'59.987 1.343 0.522
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2'00.135 1.491 0.148
29 70 Barry Baltus KTM 2'00.268 1.624 0.133
30 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 2'01.560 2.916 1.292
Round Number: 
11
2020
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Comments

I would like to see Dorna implement race bans for the idiots hanging around on the straight waiting for a tow. These guys weren't even "cruising" while looking for a tow. Clearly grid penalties aren't enough to get the riders' attention.