2021 Barcelona Moto3 Qualifying Result: To Tow Or Not To Tow

The first qualifying session of the day was greeted by sunshine but also quite a bit of wind along the main straight – not that the lightweight class needed any encouragement to seek a suitable tow. After the usual game of pitlane charades, the Indonesian Racing Gresini Team played the winning strategy by sending their riders together and despite the big gaggle of riders waiting to mooch off provisional poleman Gabriel Rodrigo, the Argentinian rider needed no help in securing pole position with a three tenth advantage on his teammate, having helped Jeremy Alcoba into second position. Despite being over three tenths slower than the poleman, Niccolò Antonelli secured a front row start, while compatriot and FP3 leader Stefano Nepa opens row two. Rookie Izan Guevara was the first one out in Q2 and briefly held provisional pole before dropping down to an excellent fifth on the grid, with Q1 leader John McPhee completing row two.

Teammate Darryn Binder also climbed into seventh position and will be joined on the third row of the grid by Tatsuki Suzuki and Jaume Masia, after the Spaniard escaped Q1. Although the timing screens were all red and orange for the final flying laps, the gaps throughout the field were not quite as small as we’re used to in Moto3, with Riccardo Rossi in 10th place almost a second off pole. Romano Fenati looked good for most of the session but the lack of a tow cost him somewhat and he dropped to the fourth row, ahead of Deniz Öncü.

A very competitive Q1 session cost a few riders dearly, including Sergio Garcia, who missed out on Q2 places by seven hundredths of a second and starts 19th. Andrea Migno’s late crash at turn 5 left him 21st and championship leader Pedro Acosta has another challenge on his hands from 25th on the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.597    
2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.914 0.317 0.317
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'47.958 0.361 0.044
4 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.295 0.698 0.337
5 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'48.318 0.721 0.023
6 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.350 0.753 0.032
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.489 0.892 0.139
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.498 0.901 0.009
9 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.500 0.903 0.002
10 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.552 0.955 0.052
11 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.662 1.065 0.110
12 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.717 1.120 0.055
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'48.860 1.263 0.143
14 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.957 1.360 0.097
15 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'48.984 1.387 0.027
16 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'49.226 1.629 0.242
17 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'49.297 1.700 0.071
18 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'49.421 1.824 0.124
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.529    
Q2 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'48.902 0.373 0.373
Q2 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.921 0.392 0.019
Q2 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.000 0.471 0.079
19 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'49.077 0.548 0.077
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.198 0.669 0.121
21 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'49.482 0.953 0.284
22 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'49.504 0.975 0.022
23 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'49.645 1.116 0.141
24 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'49.659 1.130 0.014
25 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'49.743 1.214 0.084
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.812 1.283 0.069
27 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'49.852 1.323 0.040
28 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'50.143 1.614 0.291
Round Number: 
7
2021
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