2022 Assen Moto3 Qualifying Result: Surprises, Good And Bad

The sun had hidden behind light grey clouds by the time the qualifying show was opened by the lightweight class, but that did not stop lap times from nearing lap record pace. Although Izan Guevara has been the man of the moment of late – and as recent as FP3 this morning – the battle for pole ended up being an all-Japanese affair. After Tatsuki Suzuki led the way at the start of Q2, the Leopard racing rider took a tumble in the final couple of minutes of the session and, right on cue, compatriot Ayumu Sasaki robbed him of pole by six hundredths of a second. Guevara was a threat as well, but the Spaniard encountered yellow flags at the wrong time and had to settle for the final place on the front row. While he might have missed out on pole position, Guevara won’t be too upset to see teammate and title rival Sergio Garcia in a lacklustre 18th grid position after a pretty anonymous Q2.

Rookie David Muñoz continues his impressive debut in the world championship, this time with fourth on the grid, opening the second row from the much more experienced Dennis Foggia and Jaume Masia. Adrian Fernandez made a successful escape from Q1 to climb as high as seventh on the grid, sharing third row with Lorenzo Fellon – the Frenchman particularly impressive after the heavy tumble suffered in the morning session – and fellow Q1 graduate Xavier Artigas. Joel Kelso completed the top 10 positions, ahead of John McPhee, who joined the crash list at turn one in the final couple of minutes of Q2, and Q1 leader Dani Holgado, who will have a long lap penalty to serve for crashing under yellow flags in FP3.

Ryusei Yamanaka, Stefano Nepa and Andrea Migno make up row five, with championship leader Garcia at the back of row six, behind Riccardo Rossi and Deniz Öncü. He will have some threats from behind as well, from the likes of Diogo Moreira, who missed out on Q2 by one tenth of a second, and some other excellent rookies, such as Ivan Ortolá or Scott Ogden.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 1:41.296    
2 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1:41.362 0.066 0.066
3 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 1:41.502 0.206 0.140
4 44 David Muñoz KTM 1:41.664 0.368 0.162
5 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1:41.765 0.469 0.101
6 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1:41.811 0.515 0.046
7 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 1:41.995 0.699 0.184
8 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1:42.014 0.718 0.019
9 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 1:42.032 0.736 0.018
10 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1:42.064 0.768 0.032
11 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 1:42.121 0.825 0.057
12 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1:42.134 0.838 0.013
13 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1:42.177 0.881 0.043
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1:42.185 0.889 0.008
15 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1:42.210 0.914 0.025
16 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 1:42.279 0.983 0.069
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1:42.561 1.265 0.282
18 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 1:42.687 1.391 0.126
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1:41.633    
Q2 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 1:41.812 0.179 0.179
Q2 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 1:41.920 0.287 0.108
Q2 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1:42.089 0.456 0.169
19 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 1:42.211 0.578 0.122
20 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1:42.217 0.584 0.006
21 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 1:42.389 0.756 0.172
22 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 1:42.569 0.936 0.180
23 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 1:42.597 0.964 0.028
24 19 Scott Ogden Honda 1:42.609 0.976 0.012
25 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1:43.304 1.671 0.695
26 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 1:43.426 1.793 0.122
27 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 1:43.686 2.053 0.260
28 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1:43.812 2.179 0.126
29 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 1:43.915 2.282 0.103
30 85 Luca Lunetta KTM 1:44.077 2.444 0.162
Round Number: 
11
2022
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