Moto3: Tony Arbolino Leads the Charge Into Q2 in a Cold Catalan FP3

Published on September 26, 2020
By Short Shift News

Tony Arbolino has finished the third and final free practice session on top as the battle for pole ignites in Barcelona.

The Lightweight class were once again the guinea pigs as they were faced with a cold track on Saturday morning. Seeing an air temperature of 14 degrees.

The Moto3 boys picked up where they left off in the second free practice session, seeing Alonso Lopez tipping off of his Husqvarna machine in turn two, becoming the first rider to find the gravel just six minutes into the third free practice session. Dupasquier joined the Spaniard in the gravel at turn two just a lap further on.

Red Bull KTM AJO boys Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba wasted no time getting on with the morning session, going out in formation and after the first 15 minutes they held a one-two in the current session standings.

As expected the timing sheets were lacklustre in the first 10 minutes, yet still being faster than the windy Friday afternoon session, it was evident that the Moto3 riders were wary of the track conditions.

Ayumu Sasaki of the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 Team added to the team’s tough weekend by crashing at the uphill turn nine, hitting a bump at the apex and appearing visibly confused.

Times began to pick up halfway into the morning action, seeing Kaito Toba make the big improvement to make the jump to Q2 and third in the combined sessions standings, while following team-mate Fernandez. With 16 minutes remaining Fernandez ended his perfect run in the gravel-trap losing the front at the tricky downhill left hander of turn five.

Championship leader Albert Arenas was the first to launch a late time attack, typical of the Spaniard to ride the track with clear air, launching up to sixth with 12 minutes remaining.

Jose Garcia, the replacement for an injured Tatsuki Suzuki found the gravel at turn nine in the final ten minutes with a similar crash to Sasaki as the Moto3 riders struggled to get to grips with the tyres.

The KTM team turned Fernandez’ bike around quickly, identifying and rectifying any damage as he was able to ride out in the final five minutes alongside team-mate Toba and fellow KTM rider Deniz Oncu.

As the final runs kicked off, normal order resumed in Moto3 seeing riders trip over each-other trying to find that key slipstream, which is of benefit for the lightweight bikes down the 1-kilometre straight. Championship contender Ai Ogura launched his Honda Team Asia bike from a lowly 26th and Q1 spot to marginally manage 13th before being demoted to 15th instantly. John McPhee was on the cusp of demotion in 13th with 40 seconds remaining.

Red timing indicators lit-up the screen. Stand out times came from Jaume Masia, who lost his lap, but Tony Arbolino didn’t make the same mistake taking top-spot with a 1:48:635. Romano Fenati jumped to second with a 1:48:778.

Albert Arenas and John McPhee will have to venture through Q1 later on after they suffered during their final runs.

Moto3 gets underway at 12:35 – 12:50PM local time for the first qualifying session, followed up at 1:00-1:15PM for the second session, the race kicks off on Sunday at a later 12pm.

Full Moto3 Combined Results. (

114Tony ARBOLINOITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda238.41’48.635
255Romano FENATIITASterilgarda Max Racing TeamHusqvarna234.71’48.778
325Raul FERNANDEZSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM234.21’48.853
45Jaume MASIASPALeopard RacingHonda244.31’48.876
511Sergio GARCIASPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda236.81’48.889
62Gabriel RODRIGOARGKömmerling Gresini Moto3Honda242.61’48.945
77Dennis FOGGIAITALeopard RacingHonda244.81’48.956
816Andrea MIGNOITASKY Racing Team VR46KTM243.21’48.973
927Kaito TOBAJPNRed Bull KTM AjoKTM241.01’49.144
1040Darryn BINDERRSACIP Green PowerKTM240.51’49.208
1113Celestino VIETTIITASKY Racing Team VR46KTM240.51’49.218
1271Ayumu SASAKIJPNRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM238.91’49.284
1352Jeremy ALCOBASPAKömmerling Gresini Moto3Honda235.21’49.315
1412Filip SALACCZERivacold Snipers TeamHonda241.01’49.384
1550Jason DUPASQUIERSWICarXpert PruestelGPKTM242.11’49.404
1675Albert ARENASSPAGaviota Aspar Team Moto3KTM241.01’49.416
1723Niccolò ANTONELLIITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda238.41’49.444
1870Barry BALTUSBELCarXpert PruestelGPKTM237.31’49.454
1917John MCPHEEGBRPetronas Sprinta RacingHonda242.11’49.690
206Ryusei YAMANAKAJPNEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda239.41’49.518
2179Ai OGURAJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda240.51’49.605
2254Riccardo ROSSIITABOE Skull Rider Facile EnergyKTM240.01’49.695
2321Alonso LOPEZSPASterilgarda Max Racing TeamHusqvarna236.81’49.795
2492Yuki KUNIIJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda239.41’49.803
2553Deniz ÖNCÜTURRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM239.41’49.811
2699Carlos TATAYSPAReale Avintia Moto3KTM238.41’49.857
2782Stefano NEPAITAGaviota Aspar Team Moto3KTM240.01’49.884
2820Jose Julian GARCIASPASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda239.41’50.071
299Davide PIZZOLIITABOE Skull Rider Facile EnergyKTM240.51’50.246
3089Khairul Idham PAWIMALPetronas Sprinta RacingHonda239.41’50.349
3173Maximilian KOFLERAUTCIP Green PowerKTM238.91’50.649

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