2021 Qatar Moto3 FP1 Result: Acosta Greets The Grid

After a long strange winter, the noise of racing machines was back in our ears to distract us from reality once more. After a successful test, Rookie Pedro Acosta continued to shine in the sands of Qatar and on the rather dusty track surface and took control of the timesheets in the first official session of the season. Eight hundredths of a second behind was the more familiar face of Darryn Binder, thriving on the Petronas Sprinta machine. Ryusei Yamanaka in third was almost three tenths off the South African’s time, ahead of testing headliner Jaume Masia.

Class veteran John McPhee also kept close in fifth position and was the last rider to post a time within four tenths of the leader. Andrea Migno took control of the session early on but dropped down to sixth in the closing stages, ahead of the KTM trio of Jason Dupasquier, Kaito Toba and Stefano Nepa. Izan Guevara was another fairly impressive rookie who performed well throughout testing and followed it up with a top ten in FP1, one second off the leader’s pace.

Several of the usual contenders missed out on the top ten but are waiting to pounce as the weekend progresses and conditions improve. One of those men will be Tatsuki Suzuki, although the Japanese rider’s mountain will be a little harder to climb after missing out on testing having tested positive for Covid-19.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'05.809    
2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'05.898 0.089 0.089
3 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'06.186 0.377 0.288
4 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'06.188 0.379 0.002
5 17 John McPhee Honda 2'06.208 0.399 0.020
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'06.246 0.437 0.038
7 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'06.252 0.443 0.006
8 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'06.420 0.611 0.168
9 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'06.433 0.624 0.013
10 28 Izan Guevara Gas Gas 2'06.901 1.092 0.468
11 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'06.915 1.106 0.014
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'06.971 1.162 0.056
13 11 Sergio Garcia Gas Gas 2'07.095 1.286 0.124
14 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'07.145 1.336 0.050
15 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.229 1.420 0.084
16 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'07.256 1.447 0.027
17 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'07.278 1.469 0.022
18 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'07.282 1.473 0.004
19 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'07.308 1.499 0.026
20 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'07.334 1.525 0.026
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'07.390 1.581 0.056
22 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'07.393 1.584 0.003
23 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'07.566 1.757 0.173
24 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'07.591 1.782 0.025
25 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'07.607 1.798 0.016
26 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'07.784 1.975 0.177
27 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'07.808 1.999 0.024
28 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'07.948 2.139 0.140
Round Number: 
1
2021
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