2021 Assen Moto3 Qualifying Result: A Big Result And A Big Question

Assen was back to its overcast self for the beginning of qualifying and the biggest news from the session came before the battle for pole even got underway, when it was announced that championship leader Pedro Acosta has been declared unfit to participate in the session due to upper back injuries suffered in the big crash at the end of FP3. That left the stage open for rivals to step into the limelight and no one was quicker to accept the invitation than Jeremy Alcoba, the Spaniard taking provisional pole after the first run in Q2 and then had an answer to all challengers to reclaim top spot on the second run and his maiden pole position in the class with a new all time lap record. Romano Fenati also looked like a contender for pole but had to admit defeat at the last minute and will start the race from second on the grid – a useful advantage given his double long lap penalty for an on and off track squabble with teammate Adrian Fernandez. Dennis Foggia was a fine reference for Alcoba on his way to pole and the Italian will also join him on the front row of the grid from third.

Sergio Garcia could smell an opportunity with his main championship rival on the backfoot and tried to have a go at pole but had to settle for fourth in the end, sharing the second row of the grid with Kaito Toba and Gabriel Rodrigo. The Argentinian rider started his session with a big moment at turn 15 and ended it in his teammate’s shadow but still qualified a solid sixth on the grid. Niccolò Antonelli, Darryn Binder and Q1 graduate Xavier Artigas complete row three, with Q1 leader Jaume Masia closing the top ten. The Spaniard will be joined on the fourth row by John McPhee and Tatsuki Suzuki.

Rookies Izan Guevara and Lorenzo Fellon had a good day, in which they escaped Q1 and qualified on the fifth row of the grid, ahead of Deniz Öncü. Elia Bartolini opens the sixth row ahead of a subdued Andrea Migno and possibly Acosta, if the championship leader’s medical checks allow him to rejoin the action on Sunday. Meanwhile, the BOE Owlride team had no representatives in qualifying, as both Riccardo Rossi and Stefano Nepa were undergoing further medical checks following the frightening crash that also involved Acosta at the end of FP3.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'41.194    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'41.406 0.212 0.212
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'41.472 0.278 0.066
4 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'41.473 0.279 0.001
5 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'41.479 0.285 0.006
6 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'41.534 0.340 0.055
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'41.667 0.473 0.133
8 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'41.755 0.561 0.088
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'41.878 0.684 0.123
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'42.003 0.809 0.125
11 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'42.043 0.849 0.040
12 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'42.056 0.862 0.013
13 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'42.194 1.000 0.138
14 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'42.388 1.194 0.194
15 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'42.392 1.198 0.004
16 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'42.526 1.332 0.134
17 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'42.539 1.345 0.013
18 37 Pedro Acosta KTM      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'41.932    
Q2 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'42.040 0.108 0.108
Q2 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'42.854 0.922 0.814
Q2 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'42.895 0.963 0.041
19 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'42.941 1.009 0.046
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.011 1.079 0.070
21 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'43.162 1.230 0.151
22 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'43.186 1.254 0.024
23 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'43.258 1.326 0.072
24 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'44.320 2.388 1.062
  54 Riccardo Rossi KTM      
  67 Alberto Surra Honda      
  82 Stefano Nepa KTM      
Round Number: 
9
2021
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