2022 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Result: Kicking Things Off With A Maiden Pole *UPDATED*

The battle for the first pole position of the season got underway with wind blowing dust and sand back onto the track, impacting visibility but more for the cameras than for the riders and we got a taster of the kind of Moto3 drama we can expect this season once again.

After dominating Q1, Ayumu Sasaki headed straight to the top in Q2 with a half second advantage, although Dennis Foggia halved that gap before the calm before the time attack storm set in. Sasaki wasn’t keen on the unusual pitlane shenanigans and headed out before the cat and mouse games started, but he struggled to improve his already pretty solid benchmark while riding on his own. Most of his rivals got a couple of chaotic laps to try to dethrone the Japanese rider and orange was the predominant colour on the timing screens, until Izan Guevara used a slipstream to perfection to claim his maiden pole position in the world championship on the very last lap.

Sasaki’s early benchmark still secured him second on the grid, while Jaume Masia made a late jump onto the front row in third. Andrea Migno and compatriot Dennis Foggia will be starting on the second row, ahead of Ryusei Yamanaka, with John McPhee, Sergio Garcia and Tatsuki Suzuki making up row three. Rookie Ivan Ortola cruised through Q1 to qualify in the top 10 at the first try and within a second of pole, sharing fourth row with Carlos Tatay and Deniz Öncü. Another notable mention goes to fellow rookie Daniel Holgado, who escaped Q1 at the last second, pushing class veteran Stefano Nepa out and then qualifying 15th on the grid.

UPDATE: Izan Guevara, Dennis Foggia and Tatsuki Suzuki received penalties for irresponsible riding in qualifying. Guevara loses pole and they will all start at the back of the grid with one long lap penalty to serve. Foggia was served an additional long lap penalty for moving abruptly on the straight. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 2'04.811    
2 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 2'04.896 0.085 0.085
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'05.023 0.212 0.127
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'05.174 0.363 0.151
5 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.189 0.378 0.015
6 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'05.536 0.725 0.347
7 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 2'05.549 0.738 0.013
8 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2'05.658 0.847 0.109
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'05.683 0.872 0.025
10 48 Ivan Ortolá KTM 2'05.763 0.952 0.080
11 99 Carlos Tatay CFMOTO 2'05.900 1.089 0.137
12 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'06.173 1.362 0.273
13 43 Xavier Artigas CFMOTO 2'06.384 1.573 0.211
14 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'06.400 1.589 0.016
15 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 2'06.445 1.634 0.045
16 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2'06.631 1.820 0.186
17 66 Joel Kelso KTM 2'06.720 1.909 0.089
18 18 Matteo Bertelle KTM 2'10.067 5.256 3.347
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 2'05.481    
Q2 48 Ivan Ortolá KTM 2'06.180 0.699 0.699
Q2 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 2'06.230 0.749 0.050
Q2 18 Matteo Bertelle KTM 2'06.375 0.894 0.145
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'06.391 0.910 0.016
20 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2'06.394 0.913 0.003
21 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 2'06.705 1.224 0.311
22 67 Alberto Surra Honda 2'06.907 1.426 0.202
23 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 2'06.997 1.516 0.090
24 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.075 1.594 0.078
25 64 Mario Aji Honda 2'07.889 2.408 0.814
26 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 2'08.013 2.532 0.124
27 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 2'08.270 2.789 0.257
28 87 Gerard Riu Male KTM 2'08.779 3.298 0.509
29 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 2'09.679 4.198 0.900
Round Number: 
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2022
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