2018 Aragon Moto3 Qualifying Result: Fast Never Gets Boring

A hot Motorland Aragon set the scene for the first qualifying session of the day and the lightweight class looked to have borrowed the script from their Moto2 colleagues by sorting pole position on the third flying lap. Gabriel Rodrigo set the pace after the first run and did so by a considerable four tenths of a second and only two away from pole record. The RBA racer continued to be a lonely presence in the 1:57s until the final charge bridged that gap and the man to do it was – and you could bet your house on it – Jorge Martin.

All the dawdling around on the final outing meant that most riders only got one lap to leave an impression but that was more than enough for Martin to snatch a ninth pole position of the season by shattering the fastest lap record by seven tenths of a second.

Jaume Masia was in the right place at the right time and followed the poleman across the line, although half a second slower. Enea Bastianini watched his lap record taken away from third position and will attempt to snatch a circuit record instead from the front row of the grid. Tony Arbolino wobbled his way into fourth place, starting the all-Italian line-up of row two. Dennis Foggia impressed in fifth, while Marco Bezzecchi found himself demoted from first to sixth position in the blink of an eye.

Despite the impressive early laptime, Rodrigo could not defend his position as he missed the cut for one final flying lap and dropped to eighth on the grid. His cause will be aided slightly by Niccolo Antonelli’s penalty for slow riding in FP3. The Italian will drop 12 positions on the grid and promote Rodrigo to seventh place, followed by Aron Canet. Fabio Di Giannantonio will also benefit from his compatriot’s mistake and will climb onto the back of row three.

The likes of Adam Norrodin, Marcos Ramirez and Jakub Kornfeil will start the race on the fringes of the top ten, while John McPhee could not follow through with a good performance in practice and took the flag 23rd.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'57.066    
2 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'57.603 0.537 0.537
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'57.659 0.593 0.056
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'57.774 0.708 0.115
5 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'57.791 0.725 0.017
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'57.855 0.789 0.064
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'57.879 0.813 0.024
8 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'57.937 0.871 0.058
9 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'57.953 0.887 0.016
10 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'58.149 1.083 0.196
11 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'58.388 1.322 0.239
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'58.389 1.323 0.001
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'58.391 1.325 0.002
14 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'58.449 1.383 0.058
15 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'58.451 1.385 0.002
16 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'58.602 1.536 0.151
17 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'58.691 1.625 0.089
18 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'58.715 1.649 0.024
19 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'58.718 1.652 0.003
20 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'58.789 1.723 0.071
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'58.802 1.736 0.013
22 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 1'58.822 1.756 0.020
23 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'58.836 1.770 0.014
24 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'58.925 1.859 0.089
25 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'59.011 1.945 0.086
26 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'59.052 1.986 0.041
27 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'59.601 2.535 0.549
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'59.998 2.932 0.397
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'01.054 3.988 1.056
Round Number: 
14
2018
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