Moto3: First Pole for Veijer in Austria!

Stunning sunshine here in the Styria Mountains today at the Spielberg circuit.  Collin Veijer took his first ever pole position in Moto3 for the Husqvarna team. The first Dutch pole position in any class since Jurgen van den Goorbergh way back in 1999. 



As always the top four riders will be heading into Q2 to battle it out for pole position and in the early stages it was Matteo Bertelle and Ivan Ortola the top two as the riders posted their first run times. Ortola a surprise name in the Q1 session and will be hoping to get through here with 8 minutes remaining of the session.

After the riders made a quick stop in the pits for any last minute changes, they all made their way back out onto the circuit for the final 5 minutes of the session. Ortola seen hanging back in the pits watching on, who may feel like he’s done enough to get through to Q2.

The top four riders currently going through to Q2 with a few mins remaining of the session are Bertelle quickest followed by Ortola,  Diogo Moreira and Ryusei Yamanaka clinging on to 4th.

All riders now out on circuit on hot laps and Yamanaka comes through first going quickest with a 1:41.960. As the next swarm of Moto3 bikes come across the line, Taiyo Furusato manages to knock Moreira out of the top four posting the 3rd quickest time.

With yellow flags waving cancelling lap times including Moreira’s, the top four heading into Q2 are Yamanaka, Bertelle, Furusato and Ortola.


The session started and in no time at all we had yellow flags in sector 1 as veteran of Moto3 Romano Fenati stopped on route out of the pitlane.

Race winner last time out in Silverstone, David Alonso the first rider to post a time in the session of a 1:41.959. Deniz Öncü opting to come into the pits at the end of his first run instead of posting a time as the other riders had lap times cancelled due to the yellow flags in sector 1.

Championship leader Daniel Holgado a tenth quicker than Alonso now moving to the top of the time sheets with 8 minutes remaining of the session. The top guns yet to get going here, with Jaume Masia now up by two tenths coming through sector 3. As Alonso now gets a box call message from his team, we currently have a front row of Holgado, Alonso and Veijer. Ayumu Sasaki and Öncü still yet to post a flying lap time.

Riccardo Rossi and eventually Öncü posting quick times with Rossi up to 3rd and Öncü posting the fastest time of the session with a 1:41.591. Only 10 riders of the 18 have got a time on the board so far with only a few mins left of the session. We could be gearing up for a frantic dash to the line for pole position here in Austria.

Holgado now back to the top of the pile, as Masia now comes across the line up to 4th, losing time in sector 4 nearly going into the back of Stefano Nepa during his flying lap. Nepa could be heading to the stewards after this session to explain that one.

The last few seconds of the session remaining now and Veijer comes through up into pole position with a stunning lap. With no riders currently on track improving it looks like it will be the Dutchman set to take his first ever pole position in Moto3.

Another front row start for Holgado tomorrow, with championship rivals Öncü and Masia closely behind starting in 3rd and 4th. Öncü and Masia will be looking to reduce Holgado’s 22 point championship lead in tomorrow’s race.

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