Moto3 once again do what they do best, wait for a tow.
If Tissot or any other watch manufacturers are looking to enter a business of selling clocks to Moto3 riders then you are more than welcome to, once again we saw most of the Moto3 field miss the chequered flag as they sat in their garages for much of the FP2 session, sat around waiting for a tow from a faster rider to aid them in improving their time and getting into the Q2 session.
Unfortunately for these riders who wanted a tow is that every rider had this idea, because of this, we ended up with the entire grid sat in the pits waiting for someone to go out and improve their time so that they can go out and draft the rider which can help to improve their time by half a second, however because of bad timekeeping we saw a reconstruction of last weeks Q1 session whereby all the riders went out to set a lap with many meeting with a chequered flag as they completed their lap.
Darryn Binder was the leader in the Moto3 session which solidifies him a place in the Q2 session after narrowly missing out last week, he will be looking to break into the 2:03’s with tomorrow after setting the lap record last week. Just 0.040 behind him was Sergio Garcia on the Gas Gas, Garcia put in a rapid lap to move up the order into P2 riding incredibly aggressively nearly causing a 3 rider crash – he got fairly lucky with the move but it paid off incredibly well ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo in P3.
Binder’s Moto3 teammate John McPhee finished up in P4 following a tough race last weekend when he was skittled out, he takes his Q2 spot and will go for pole position tomorrow, a rider who really has impressed is Tatsuki Suzuki, the Japanese rider had no pre-season testing due to contracting COVID-19 but has come back into the class and is instantly fighting back at the front, he leads Jaume Masia who won last weeks race. Izan Guevara is another rider who is impressing many, this is his second Moto3 race and he is consistently fighting in the front places and started last weeks race from P2, he takes P7 overall ahead of Jeremy Alcoba who was another rider skittled out of the session last weekend.
Last weekends podium finisher Pedro Acosta was the 9th fastest rider and again is impressing in the class ahead of veteran Romano Fenati who is capping off the top 10. Stefan Nepa gained himself a Q2 spot in his last lap of the session in P11 with Antonelli and Toba pushing Dennis Foggia out of the top 14 into the depths of the Q1 session.
Other riders who will have to go via Q1 are Filip Salac, Andrea Migno, Carlos Tatay and Maximilian Kofler.
Featured image – Petronas SRT