2021 Valencia Moto3 Qualifying Result: The Final Tick In The Checklist

Given the tight margins throughout practice, qualifying was expected to be a close fight in the lightweight class, but Pedro Acosta started Q2 with a clear mission. Familiar names hogged the limelight throughout but eventually the freshly crowned Moto3 world champion ended his campaign with a Tissot watch, securing a long-awaited maiden pole position by over three tenths of a second. A late charge from Tatsuki Suzuki promoted him to second on the grid, while early session leader Izan Guevara added a second rookie to the front row.

Andrea Migno will open the second row of the grid ahead of Filip Salac and Lorenzo Fellon, the rookie doing very well after just about sneaking out of Q1. Dennis Foggia in seventh place was almost half a second behind the poleman and will be joined on the third row by compatriots Romano Fenati and Q1 leader Niccolò Antonelli. Sergio Garcia looked strong in both qualifying sessions but got lost in the flurry of late laps and dropped to 10th on the grid, sharing fourth row with Carlos Tatay and Jeremy Alcoba.

Despite topping FP3, Deniz Öncü could not replicate that during Q2 and had to settle for 13th, opening row five, ahead of Stefano Nepa and John McPhee. Darryn Binder will start his final race in Moto3 from 16th on the grid, one second off pole and sharing sixth row with rookie Xavier Artigas and replacement rider Joel Kelso. The big surprise of Q1 was Jaume Masia struggling to threaten the top positions and then saw his fastest time cancelled for exceeding track limits, meaning that the local favourite will start the race from the penultimate row of the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'38.668    
2 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'38.978 0.310 0.310
3 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'39.053 0.385 0.075
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'39.060 0.392 0.007
5 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'39.092 0.424 0.032
6 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'39.133 0.465 0.041
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.134 0.466 0.001
8 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'39.143 0.475 0.009
9 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'39.149 0.481 0.006
10 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'39.309 0.641 0.160
11 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'39.317 0.649 0.008
12 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'39.370 0.702 0.053
13 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'39.493 0.825 0.123
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'39.562 0.894 0.069
15 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.666 0.998 0.104
16 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'39.810 1.142 0.144
17 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'39.970 1.302 0.160
18 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'40.109 1.441 0.139
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'39.159    
Q2 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'39.222 0.063 0.063
Q2 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'39.374 0.215 0.152
Q2 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'39.410 0.251 0.036
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'39.428 0.269 0.018
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'39.604 0.445 0.176
21 95 Jose Antonio Rueda Honda 1'39.617 0.458 0.013
22 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'39.873 0.714 0.256
23 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'39.980 0.821 0.107
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'40.162 1.003 0.182
25 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'40.202 1.043 0.040
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'40.339 1.180 0.137
  54 Riccardo Rossi KTM      
Round Number: 
18
2021
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