Carlos Tatay is in Pole Position for tomorrow’s Indonesian Grand Prix on-board his CFMoto Racing Prustel GP machine after a great lap around the Mandalika circuit as he was followed by rookie Diogo Moreira.
The damp Mandalika air was hanging over the track at the start of Q1 for the second qualifying session of the Moto3 World Championship. There were damp patches after the earlier downpour.
Some big names were in Q1, including Tatsuki Suzuki, Sergio Garcia Kaito Toba, Xavi Artigas and reigning Junior World Champion Dani Holgado. But John McPhee was not taking part this weekend after breaking two of his vertebrae in a Supermoto training accident.
Joel Kelso had a big moment into Turn one, five minutes into the session with a huge wobble at the apex of the turn. Moments after, Sergio Garcia got up onto the curbs between turns 12 and 13. This caused him to have a big high-side and he rolled into the middle of the track. He got up unhurt to collect his stricken bike.
Mario Aji set the first quick time with Lorenzo Fellon and Xavi Artigas following closely. Tatsuki Suzuki popped up into second as he rode around the track on his own. Kaito Toba has a spill at Turn two. He lost the front and slid down the road.
Sergio Garcia rejoined the session on his scuffed GASGAS to set himself a lap with three minutes of the session remaining. He was flying to say moments before he was thrown onto the deck from his bike. He got himself up to second with his penultimate lap but was losing three tenths of a second to Mario Aji in the final sector. Xavi Artigas was pushing hard at the end but was slightly blocked by Alberto Surra. He went into second. Sergio Garcia went top at the end of the session. Mario Aji hung on to second with Xavi Artigas salvaging third and Alberto Surra clinging on to fourth.
The pole position shootout started with a couple of crashers. Riccardo Rossi had a huge high-side at Turn two. He looked a little bit winded as he laid on the floor for a short while after the crash. Brit Scott Ogden crashed under the yellow flag as Rossi hobbled back to his bike so there could be a penalty there.
Mario Aji again set the early pace with Ayumu Sasaki behind him and Deniz Oncu in third. Carlos Tatay seemed to have good pace early on as he went third with nine-minutes remaining of the session. He pushed on and had a three-tenth advantage going into the final sector, but Mario Aji was quick in that sector. Tatay went three-hundredths quicker to go to as the bikes trundled back to their garages with seven-minutes left.
Dennis Foggia went down at Turn two. He lost the front going into the corner and slid away unharmed. Turn two claiming a lot of victims this weekend.
Scott Ogden finally made his way back to his garage with a footrest missing and a very despondent walk back to his chair. It didn’t look like he was going to get back out but his mechanics were moving quickly. With one and a half minutes remaining he got out onto track, but it was too late.
Carlos Tatay went faster again with 20-seconds remaining. Dennis Foggia went third. Diogo Moreira went second on his final attempt. Indonesian, Mario Aji went third but nobody could trump Carlos Tatay. Last years runner-up Dennis Foggia could only manage sixth, but he has great race craft so should be able to work his way back from there. He was behind Xavi Artigas and Andrea Migno.
On a completely new track to the calendar, we are set for a very interesting race tomorrow (GMT+8).
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