2022 Austin Moto3 Qualifying Result: A Two-Man Rodeo Show

The hunt for a tow and/or pole position in the lightweight class produced the usual qualifying routine, flocks of riders running together and eyeing the fast men, but not looking as bad as the premier class this time around. Some of the usual faces headlined Q2, with Andrea Migno and Dennis Foggia trading top spot throughout, the Italian eventually securing pole position on his final flying lap and hoping that his luck has turned after two tough weekends in Indonesia and Argentina. Foggia missed out on a maiden pole position by only six hundredths of a second, while Xavier Artigas cruised through Q1 and then went from 13th to third on his last lap of Q2 to claim a first front row start in the world championship.

Deniz Öncü made some late progress to secure fourth, ahead of Jaume Masia and top rookie Diogo Moreira. Daniel Holgado will open the third row of the grid ahead of Kaito Toba and Ayumu Sasaki, while Izan Guevara was the initial leader of the session, before dropping to the bottom of the top 10. The Spaniard heads row four from Stefano Nepa and Q1 surprise Scott Ogden. I don’t always detail the grid beyond row five, but it’s a necessity this time around, as that’s where the championship leader ended up, Sergio Garcia qualifying 15th, behind Elia Bartolini and Carlos Tatay and 1.3 seconds off pole. However, that might mean nothing if the usual Moto3 plotline is followed and a big group gets to have podium aspirations.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2:15.814    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2:15.881 0.067 0.067
3 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 2:16.066 0.252 0.185
4 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2:16.330 0.516 0.264
5 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2:16.409 0.595 0.079
6 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 2:16.416 0.602 0.007
7 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 2:16.551 0.737 0.135
8 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2:16.582 0.768 0.031
9 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 2:16.604 0.790 0.022
10 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 2:16.609 0.795 0.005
11 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2:16.727 0.913 0.118
12 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:16.856 1.042 0.129
13 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 2:16.907 1.093 0.051
14 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 2:16.946 1.132 0.039
15 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2:17.114 1.300 0.168
16 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:17.515 1.701 0.401
17 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2:17.651 1.837 0.136
18 66 Joel Kelso KTM 2:17.771 1.957 0.120
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 2:16.719    
Q2 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:16.871 0.152 0.152
Q2 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2:17.054 0.335 0.183
Q2 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 2:17.590 0.871 0.536
19 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 2:17.659 0.940 0.069
20 18 Matteo Bertelle KTM 2:17.672 0.953 0.013
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2:17.877 1.158 0.205
22 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 2:18.005 1.286 0.128
23 87 Gerard Riu Male KTM 2:18.345 1.626 0.340
24 28 David Salvador Husqvarna 2:18.407 1.688 0.062
25 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 2:18.481 1.762 0.074
26 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 2:19.699 2.980 1.218
27 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 2:19.935 3.216 0.236
Not Classified
  20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda   0.000 0.000
  64 Mario Aji Honda   0.000 0.000
Round Number: 
4
2022
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I can see plenty of penalties being handed out for tomorrows race.