2020 Europe Moto3 Qualifying Result: Stellar In The Storm *Updated*

The long awaited dry track surface was delayed a little longer with rain flags waving just as riders headed out for Q1 and conditions got even worse by the time Q2 came about. The standout performers in the downpour were John McPhee and Raul Fernandez, the duo battling for pole until the checkered flag and it was the Scotsman who secured his fifth career pole position. Fernandez looked like he had secured second but his final flying lap got cancelled due to a yellow flag infringement... aaand then got reinstated so Fernandez will indeed start from the front row of the grid. Celestino Vietti retained third on the grid despite a late crash at turn six, his best time four tenths off pole. 

Several crashes in the closing stages of Q2 proved costly for several other riders and changed the configuration of the rest of the grid. Ai Ogura’s yellow flag penalty allowed title rival Albert Arenas to step up to fourth on the grid, while Alonso Lopez was one of the late crashers, the Spaniard going down at turn 4 and then turn 2 but still securing a second row start ahead of Riccardo Rossi. Sergio Garcia in seventh position was the final rider to post a time within a second of pole, opening row three ahead of Ogura and Darryn Binder, with Kaito Toba heading the fourth row in the company of Andrea Migno and Q1 escapee Gabriel Rodrigo. The Argentine rider overcame two tumbles in Q2 and did well to qualify 12th after the swift repair job.

The big loser in the changing conditions of Q1 proved to be Jaume Masia, the Spaniard not quick enough before the rain properly arrived and that left him 28th on the grid and with quite a mission on his hands to keep in championship contention on Sunday afternoon.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 17 John McPHEE Honda 1'52.252    
2 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'52.623 0.371 0.371
3 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'52.663 0.411 0.040
4 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'52.821 0.569 0.158
5 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 1'53.179 0.927 0.358
6 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 1'53.205 0.953 0.026
7 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'53.230 0.978 0.025
8 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'53.268 1.016 0.038
9 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'53.311 1.059 0.043
10 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 1'53.976 1.724 0.665
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.222 1.970 0.246
12 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'54.409 2.157 0.187
13 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 1'54.423 2.171 0.014
14 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'54.472 2.220 0.049
15 12 Filip SALAC Honda 1'54.579 2.327 0.107
16 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 1'54.685 2.433 0.106
17 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'54.946 2.694 0.261
18 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 1'55.060 2.808 0.114
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'45.745    
Q2 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'45.877 0.132 0.132
Q2 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'46.007 0.262 0.130
Q2 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'46.309 0.564 0.302
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'46.416 0.671 0.107
20 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 1'46.667 0.922 0.251
21 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'46.726 0.981 0.059
22 70 Barry BALTUS KTM 1'46.930 1.185 0.204
23 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 1'46.945 1.200 0.015
24 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'48.182 2.437 1.237
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'48.518 2.773 0.336
26 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 1'48.722 2.977 0.204
27 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 1'48.769 3.024 0.047
28 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 1'49.002 3.257 0.233
29 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 1'49.138 3.393 0.136
30 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 1'49.915 4.170 0.777
31 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'50.713 4.968 0.798
Round Number: 
13
2020
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