Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Le Mans:
The Lusail International Circuit is to undergo major renovation work at the end of 2022 and into 2023, to upgrade the facilities and paddock. As a result, it will relinquish its position as the first race of the MotoGP season, instead being moved back to the end of the year.
With Qatar out of the frame as the first race of 2023, this hugely increases the chances of Phillip Island as the first race of the season. There were rumors in 2019 that Dorna was looking at a calendar shake up starting in 2021, but the Covid-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. Those plans included having the season start in Phillip Island, rather than Qatar, and this would be the ideal opportunity to try this.
Previously, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, which runs both the F1 and MotoGP races in Australia, had opposed such a move, but it is believed that they lifted their objections a couple of years ago, and were open to rescheduling the Phillip Island race to the start of the year.
A still sunny Le Mans welcomed lightweight class riders to the final practice push and after showing off their race pace, the stars of Friday were back to challenge for top spot once more. Dennis Foggia and Izan Guevara traded the lead in the final few minutes of FP3 and although the Italian came out on top on his last FP3 lap, it was the benchmark he set on Friday that kept him at the top of the combined standings.
Moto3 standings after Jerez:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Jerez:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Jerez:
The wonderfully predictable weather in Jerez was a welcome sight for the lightweight class and their final practice session saw significant improvements in lap times across the board. Although the spotlight was firmly on the Aspar duo of Izan Guevara and Sergio Garcia throughout FP3, with Garcia eager to catch up after a tricky Friday surrounded by gravel and Guevara keen to one up his teammate, the final couple of minutes brought a surprise challenger in Diogo Moreira, the impressive rookie edging ahead by two hundredths of a second at the chequered flag.