Moto3: Second 2019 Pole for Antonelli

The dry conditions of Friday remained on Saturday for the Moto3 World Championship, as the lightweight class riders qualified for the eighth round of the 2019 season.

Q1 saw Lorenzo Dalla porta (Leopard Racing) fire in a late lap to top the session, whilst his teammate, Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing), joined him in advancing to Q2 along with Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Can Oncu (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

In Q2, it was Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse) who took his second pole position of the season, and the lap record with it. Two of the last three Moto3 races have been won from pole (John McPhee for Petronas Sprinta Racing in Le Mans and Tony Arbolino for VNE Snipers in Mugello) so there is a good chance for Antonelli to score his second win of the season tomorrow.

Kaito Toba was nearly able to give Honda Team Asia and their beautiful retro paint for this weekend pole position, but he missed his final lap. His first flying lap was enough for second place, though, so he will start from the middle of the front row tomorrow.

On the back of row one is Tony Arbolino, who was seventeenth until his final lap which put him third to ensure Toba is the Japanese meat in the Italian sandwich.

Row two is the inverse of row one, with Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse) in fourth and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) in sixth either side of fifth-placed Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46).

Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PruestelGP) has had a strong weekend but could only manage seventh on the grid ahead of the top two of the championship in reverse order, with Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) in eighth ahead of Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) in ninth.

Gabriel Rodrigo (Kommerling Gresini Moto3) was fortunate to set a time at all with the state he got himself into in the final chicane on his first lap, but stayed on and his second run put him tenth ahead of Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) on row four.

Row five sees Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) ahead of Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers) and Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race); whilst Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) is ahead of Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) and Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) on row six.

Alonso Lopez at Assen TT Moto3 2019. Image courtesy of Box Repsol

Row seven sees Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai) and John McPhee ahead of Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46). Row eight is one of penalised riders, with Makar Yurchenko (BOE Skull Riders Mugen Race) ahead of Can Oncu (Red Bull KTM Ajo) bumped six places from seventeenth due to his causing of a big crash in Montmelo, and Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) bumped six places for colliding with Aron Canet in free practice.

Darryn Binder (CIP Green Power) starts twenty-fifth ahead of Filip Salac (Redox PruestelGP) and Stefano Nepa who is replacing Vicente Perez at Reale Avintia Arizona 77 for the rest of the year. Tom Booth-Amos (CIP Green Power) heads up the last row, from wildcard Ryan van der Lagemaat (Qnuim Racing) and Riccardo Rossi (Kommerling Gresini Moto3).

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