2020 Styria Moto3 Qualifying Result: Delayed Gratification

With dark clouds just floating around in the background, the first qualifying session of the day was quite a dramatic opening act but it had nothing to do with the weather. Having proved to be quite a bit quicker than the opposition in Q1, Jaume Masia suffered a late crash at turn 6 and rode gloveless back to the pits, on a smoking nearly naked machine, thoroughly soaking the track in oil. That prompted a lengthy cleanup operation, at the end of which Masia was suspended from taking part in Q2, despite topping Q1, as a punishment for irresponsible riding.

Once Q2 finally got underway, track conditions were notably different and the action was slow to pick up, with several trips through the pits and a parade of cancelled lap times for track limits infringements. No one seemed to want pole, with riders slow to even post a timed lap but Gabriel Rodrigo was the quickest to adapt to the conditions and the Gresini rider snatched pole position by one hundredth of a second. Raul Fernandez was amongst the fast men once again, narrowly missing out on pole but sat in the middle of the front row, ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki.

Tony Arbolino opens row two ahead of Celestino Vietti, both riders only a tenth or so slower than pole, although the times were quite a way off the benchmark set in practice. John McPhee joined them on the second row, while Dennis Foggia, Ai Ogura and Albert Arenas complete a fairly competitive third row. After escaping Q1, Darryn Binder secured a fine top ten position, given his qualifying performances this year, and will be joined on the fourth row by rookie Deniz Oncu and Filip Salac. The likes of Ayumu Sasaki, Andrea Migno and Romano Fenati struggled to escape Q1 and will have to draw some inspiration from Binder’s usual first lap antics for tomorrow’s race.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'36.470    
2 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'36.482 0.012 0.012
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'36.534 0.064 0.052
4 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'36.575 0.105 0.041
5 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'36.645 0.175 0.070
6 17 John McPhee Honda 1'36.812 0.342 0.167
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'36.965 0.495 0.153
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'37.029 0.559 0.064
9 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'37.072 0.602 0.043
10 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'37.139 0.669 0.067
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'37.271 0.801 0.132
12 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'37.361 0.891 0.090
13 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'37.444 0.974 0.083
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'37.523 1.053 0.079
15 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.544 1.074 0.021
16 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'37.620 1.150 0.076
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'38.034 1.564 0.414
18 5 Jaume Masia Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'36.921    
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.014 0.093 0.093
Q2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'37.150 0.229 0.136
Q2 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'37.267 0.346 0.117
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.314 0.393 0.047
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'37.420 0.499 0.106
21 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'37.431 0.510 0.011
22 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'37.519 0.598 0.088
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'37.585 0.664 0.066
24 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'37.609 0.688 0.024
25 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'37.670 0.749 0.061
26 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'37.687 0.766 0.017
27 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'37.826 0.905 0.139
28 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'37.830 0.909 0.004
29 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'38.199 1.278 0.369
30 70 Barry Baltus KTM      
Round Number: 
6
2020
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