Moto3 Austin, Qualifying: First pole of the season for Jorge Martin

The ‘king of the pole position’ Jorge Martin managed to conquer the leading position on the starting grid for the tenth time in his career, ahead of Canet and McPhee. The best Italian rider is Di Giannantonio with a 5th position.

It has been a problematic qualifying round due to the adverse track’s conditions and the subsequent change of tyres that made this session a battled one, all the way up until the chequered flag. Jorge Martin got the upper hand, winning his first pole position of the season, the tenth in his career. After him, the World Championship leader Aron Canet followed by John McPhee. Di Giannantonio (5th), Bastianini (6th), Foggia (7th) and Bezzecchi (9th) also got some positions in the top 10.

This round kicked off on a wet track: there was heavy rain right before the start and it kept on raining during the first part of the session. From the beginning, it was a contended round with constantly-improved times and a fast-changing ranking. Oettl decided to risk his qualifying halfway through the round, falling out of track on slick tyres. The German rider’s time (6 seconds ahead of poleman Bezzecchi) convinced the rest to change their tyres too.

From then on, it was a race against time to warm up the tires and win the best position on the starting grid: the last dramatic minutes of this qualifying rewarded Jorge Martin who was half a second ahead of his fellow countryman Aron Canet, winning the pole position for the first time this season. The rest of the first row is filled up with John McPhee, Tatsuki Suzuki, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini. Rookie Dennis Foggia opens the third row, with his best qualifying of the season, followed by Ayumu Sasaki and Marco Bezzecchi. First-time Jaume Masia closes the top ten.

Here the other Italians’ positions: Andrea Migno, starting from 16th, followed by Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Niccolò Antonelli (19th), Tony Arbolino (20th) and Nicolò Bulega (23rd).

The ranking

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