2021 Portimao Moto3 Qualifying Result: Comeback To The Limelight

There was a hint of cloud cover over the Algarve circuit as the lightweight class were lining up to battle for the third pole position of the season but the only concern riders had was about possible penalties following the usual tango on the outlap setting up the final time attack. One man who had little to be worried about was Andrea Migno, the Italian hitting form in Portimao and leading the way throughout Q2 to get his first pole position in over a year. Compatriot Dennis Foggia made a late jump to join him on the front row, while Jeremy Alcoba did well to qualify third but will start the race from pitlane with a five second delay after his escalated disagreement with John McPhee at Losail. That promotes Sergio Garcia to the front row of the grid, the Spaniard finishing fourth and four tenths off pole.

Gabriel Rodrigo looked like a serious challenger after the first run but stuck bad luck once again as Filip Salac tagged his machine on the final flying lap and took both riders out of contention. The Gresini rider was lucky to keep fifth position and open the second row of the grid. He would have been accompanied by John McPhee, but the Petronas Sprinta rider has a pitlane start penalty to serve as well, with a ten-second delay, which allowed Deniz Oncu and Darryn Binder to complete row two. Rookie Xavier Artigas is set to open the third row ahead of Q1 graduate Ayumu Sasaki and Qatar 1 victor Jaume Masia, while Qatar 2 winner Pedro Acosta will start from the fourth row together with Tatsuki Suzuki and Q1 leader Romano Fenati.

Rookies Izan Guevara and Adrian Fernandez also showed good speed to join the fifth row, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, who missed out on the final time attack after joining the track too late. The big loser of Q1 was Kaito Toba, who will have to make a good start from 21st on the grid, after a late tumble in the first qualifying session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'47.423    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'47.572 0.149 0.149
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.702 0.279 0.130
4 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'47.900 0.477 0.198
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.909 0.486 0.009
6 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'48.362 0.939 0.453
7 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.486 1.063 0.124
8 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.513 1.090 0.027
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'48.546 1.123 0.033
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.615 1.192 0.069
11 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.622 1.199 0.007
12 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.711 1.288 0.089
13 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.749 1.326 0.038
14 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.769 1.346 0.020
15 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'48.865 1.442 0.096
16 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'49.814 2.391 0.949
17 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'49.834 2.411 0.020
18 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.096 2.673 0.262
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.845    
Q2 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.980 0.135 0.135
Q2 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'49.000 0.155 0.020
Q2 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'49.145 0.300 0.145
19 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.153 0.308 0.008
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.435 0.590 0.282
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.613 0.768 0.178
22 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'49.618 0.773 0.005
23 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'49.636 0.791 0.018
24 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.723 0.878 0.087
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.744 0.899 0.021
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.842 0.997 0.098
27 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.970 1.125 0.128
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'50.234 1.389 0.264
Round Number: 
3
2021
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