2019 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Result: One Man’s Dream And Several Nightmares

With weather still warm and still significantly breezy, the lightweight class lined up for their qualifying sprint and while the ridiculous game of chase the tow made some major victims in Q1, there was no room for shenanigans in Q2. Marcos Ramirez came into the session as the fastest man of the weekend and looked to keep that title until the final couple of minutes, when Ayumu Sasaki delivered on the promise made in practice and took his first career pole position. It was a long awaited pole for Japan in the introductory class and it was sweetened further by Kaito Toba joining his compatriot on the front row, with Ramirez completing the lead line-up.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta will start from the second row and knowing that his closest threats in the championship are anowhere near him. Romano Fenati had a crack at pole himself but his disobedience of track limits cost him and dropped the Italian to fifth on the grid. Jakub Kornfeil climbed all the way to sixth after progressing through a tricky Q1.

Albert Arenas opens row three, half a second slower than the pole time and will be joined by Dennis Foggia and Gabriel Rodrigo. John McPhee completes the top ten after narrowly escaping Q1 and will share fourth row with Alonso Lopez and rookie Can Oncu.

If the line-up is missing some of its usual contenders until this point, that’s because quite a few of them abandoned ship in Q1, all of their own doing. Tony Arbolino admitted to struggling throughout the weekend and missed out on Q2 by half a tenth, after some last minute drama where his bike wasn’t keen to get going for one final flying lap. With the Italian starting 19th, there was even worse news for Jaume Masia, whose 21st grid slot doesn’t hint at a miraculous recovery in the championship battle, even though leader Aron Canet starts one place back on his compatriot. The Max Racing rider left it late to leave pitlane and poor timing meant he did not even get a chance to challenge for Q2 after leading the way in Q1 early on. Celestino Vietti also sees his rookie of the year lead under some threat after qualifying a dismal 24th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'26.135    
2 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'26.192 0.057 0.057
3 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'26.306 0.171 0.114
4 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'26.460 0.325 0.154
5 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'26.492 0.357 0.032
6 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'26.588 0.453 0.096
7 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'26.686 0.551 0.098
8 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'26.729 0.594 0.043
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'26.806 0.671 0.077
10 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'26.853 0.718 0.047
11 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'26.854 0.719 0.001
12 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'26.860 0.725 0.006
13 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'26.883 0.748 0.023
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'27.002 0.867 0.119
15 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'27.040 0.905 0.038
16 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'27.188 1.053 0.148
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'27.260 1.125 0.072
18 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'26.396    
Q2 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'26.639 0.243 0.243
Q2 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'26.644 0.248 0.005
Q2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'26.739 0.343 0.095
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'26.780 0.384 0.041
20 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'27.111 0.715 0.331
21 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'27.154 0.758 0.043
22 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'27.164 0.768 0.010
23 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'27.241 0.845 0.077
24 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'27.278 0.882 0.037
25 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'27.548 1.152 0.270
26 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'27.825 1.429 0.277
27 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'27.879 1.483 0.054
28 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'28.072 1.676 0.193
29 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'28.424 2.028 0.352
30 28 Dirk GEIGER KTM 1'29.318 2.922 0.894
Round Number: 
9
2019
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