2022 Motegi Moto3 Qualifying Result: Rain Favours A Home Hero

After getting a hint of sun prior to the festival of qualifying beginning at Motegi, rain made a return for Q1 and caused some surprises in Q2. The first was the return of Tatsuki Suzuki to the top of the pile on Saturday afternoon, the home favourite taking a well-received first pole position of the season by a sizeable three tenths of a second. The second surprise was Scott Ogden securing his first front row start, helped by the experience gathered in Q1 earlier on, much like Sergio Garcia in third. The Spaniard was Suzuki’s main rival throughout the session, until a late tumble halted his progress, but he might expect some penalties for impeding his teammate in the closing stages of Q2.

Ayumu Sasaki made a late jump into fourth, sharing the second row with the Italian duo of Dennis Foggia and a revitalised Andrea Migno. Riccardo Rossi opens row three from Deniz Öncü and Izan Guevara, who only managed to rejoin the top 10 on his final flying lap. Said top 10 was rounded out by Jaume Masia, joined on the fourth row by Q1 graduate Carlos Tatay and class veteran John McPhee.

Lorenzo Fellon escaped Q1 only to crash twice in the tricky conditions of Q2, the French rider holding onto a fifth row start, in the company of Adrian Fernandez and practice leader Diogo Moreira. David Muñoz was another of the names on the crash list and although he was able to rejoin the action, the Spaniard struggled to do better than 16th on the grid, sharing sixth row with local duo Ryusei Yamanaka and Kaito Toba. Some of the more surprising names to miss out on Q2 were rookies Ivan Ortolá and Dani Holgado, who will complete row seven behind Taiyo Furusato.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:11.246    
2 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:11.568 0.322 0.322
3 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2:11.788 0.542 0.220
4 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 2:11.942 0.696 0.154
5 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2:12.015 0.769 0.073
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2:12.038 0.792 0.023
7 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2:12.120 0.874 0.082
8 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2:12.124 0.878 0.004
9 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 2:12.155 0.909 0.031
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2:12.229 0.983 0.074
11 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 2:12.505 1.259 0.276
12 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 2:12.993 1.747 0.488
13 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2:13.109 1.863 0.116
14 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 2:13.686 2.440 0.577
15 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 2:14.078 2.832 0.392
16 44 David Muñoz KTM 2:14.856 3.610 0.778
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2:15.706 4.460 0.850
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2:15.837 4.591 0.131
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:11.779    
Q2 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 2:12.122 0.343 0.343
Q2 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2:12.126 0.347 0.004
Q2 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2:12.394 0.615 0.268
19 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 2:12.749 0.970 0.355
20 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 2:13.081 1.302 0.332
21 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 2:13.237 1.458 0.156
22 66 Joel Kelso KTM 2:13.393 1.614 0.156
23 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 2:13.447 1.668 0.054
24 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 2:13.755 1.976 0.308
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2:13.775 1.996 0.020
26 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 2:13.985 2.206 0.210
27 34 Kanta Hamada Honda 2:14.027 2.248 0.042
28 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 2:14.763 2.984 0.736
29 9 Nicola Carraro KTM 2:15.402 3.623 0.639
30 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 2:20.016 8.237 4.614
Round Number: 
16
2022
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