Moto3 Valencia Qualifying: Pedro Acosta takes first Moto3 pole

Yes, you read that right, Pedro Acosta on pole position.

In the first and only time in his Moto3 career Pedro Acosta has taken a pole position in the lightweight class in the final race of his rookie season which saw him crowed the champion, incredibly this is also only his second ever front row start in the class proving qualifying isn’t everything in Moto3, then again if you can win from Pit Lane I think that’s more of an indicator that consistency, balls and outright speed always come first in the lightweight class. Of course qualifying high up is always the goal but in Moto3 it’s not as important.

It was a pretty chaotic last lap with all the riders leaving themselves just one full lap to try and take pole position, all pulling out of pitlane with just over 2 minutes left on the clock following the lead of Sergio Garcia who bit the bullet and bailed out first 10 seconds before anyone else running his only lap time completely alone. Behind him were the 17 remaining riders all battling for position in typical Moto3 style, swapping places and using one another for a drag to try and improve their time.

As the last lap drew to a close it was Izan Guevara who led the way in provisional P1 but this soon would change, Garcia crossed the line taking a solo P2 finish, eventually being demoted to 10th place as the field came through one by one all on fast laps, it was Dennis Foggia who would firstly take pole position before 2022 teammate Suzuki pipped the Italian down a place.

Last but not least the story tale was continued for Pedro Acosta as he blasted through to take pole position to cap off an absolutely incredible rookie season with a time of 1:38.668.

Joining Acosta on the front row was Tatsuki Suzuki and Izan Guevara, Guevara able to make it back to the front row after being demoted right down the order thanks to some rapid lap times, he took a victory and two podiums here last year at the track and knows it well, it’s going to be a fun race!

Andrea Migno opened up row two leading his ex-teammate Filip Salac who makes his last Moto3 start ahead of a Moto2 move for 2022, joining them is the youngest rider on the grid namely Lorenzo Fellon, the young Frenchman has been pretty impressive during qualifying all year long but is yet to score himself a World Championship point, he has one last chance tomorrow in the final race of 2021 and has a great chance after starting from sixth.

The provisional poleman Dennis Foggia eventually ended up in seventh place joining his fellow Italians of Romano Fenati and Niccolo Antonelli on the third row with Sergio Garcia rounding out the top 10.

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