2022 Argentina Moto3 Qualifying Result: Another Last Minute Dash

The lightweight class entered qualifying with two extended practice sessions under their belt, crammed within a handful of hours, but there was no time to rest in the chase for a lap time. In the case of Sergio Garcia, he also chased the all-time lap record – successfully so – and claimed a first pole position of the season by nearly two tenths of a second, at the end of a final lap showdown that flooded the timing screens in red and orange hues. Ayumu Sasaki was flying the flag for the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team, as their sole rider this weekend, and managed to climb onto the front row of the grid, to help mitigate a long lap penalty for irresponsible riding in Indonesia. Izan Guevara will also join his teammate on the front row, the youngster showing good speed on his first outing in Argentina.

Riccardo Rossi and rookie Joel Kelso seemed to really benefit from the extra time in Q1, the Australian holding onto top spot until the final seconds of Q2, but eventually had to concede the lead and both settled for a second row start – with a personal best qualifying performance for Kelso in fifth. Daniel Holgado joined the list of impressive rookie performances in sixth, four tenths off pole and closing the second row of the grid. Xavier Artigas, Andrea Migno and Tatsuki Suzuki will line up on row three, while Diogo Moreira secures another top 10 in qualifying, opening fourth row ahead of the more experienced Dennis Foggia and Jaume Masia, the Italian failing to improve on his second run. Kaito Toba, Ryusei Yamanaka and Ivan Ortolá complete row five, one second off pole and ahead of Deniz Öncü, Stefano Nepa and Carlos Tatay.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 1'48.429    
2 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 1'48.600 0.171 0.171
3 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 1'48.624 0.195 0.024
4 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 1'48.726 0.297 0.102
5 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'48.735 0.306 0.009
6 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'48.865 0.436 0.130
7 43 Xavier Artigas CFMOTO 1'48.943 0.514 0.078
8 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.953 0.524 0.010
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'49.050 0.621 0.097
10 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 1'49.061 0.632 0.011
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'49.128 0.699 0.067
12 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'49.186 0.757 0.058
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.376 0.947 0.190
14 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'49.400 0.971 0.024
15 48 Ivan Ortolá KTM 1'49.435 1.006 0.035
16 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'49.531 1.102 0.096
17 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.541 1.112 0.010
18 99 Carlos Tatay CFMOTO 1'49.724 1.295 0.183
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1:49.822    
Q2 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1:49.899 0.077 0.077
Q2 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 1:49.919 0.097 0.020
Q2 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1:49.980 0.158 0.061
19 19 Scott Ogden Honda 1:50.094 0.272 0.114
20 64 Mario Aji Honda 1:50.104 0.282 0.010
21 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 1:50.138 0.316 0.034
22 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 1:50.209 0.387 0.071
23 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 1:50.229 0.407 0.020
24 18 Matteo Bertelle KTM 1:50.423 0.601 0.194
25 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1:50.544 0.722 0.121
26 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1:50.740 0.918 0.196
27 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1:51.031 1.209 0.291
28 87 Gerard Riu Male KTM 1:51.128 1.306 0.097
29 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 1:53.108 3.286 1.980
Round Number: 
3
2022
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Congrats to Sergio Garcia!

Joel Kelso first KTM in 5th! This is Joel's 3rd Moto3 race. Celebrations here in Oz!

Go double six!