Tuesday, November 24

Raúl Fernández adds his sixth pole of the year in Moto3

Raúl Fernández, at the Teruel GP.

Raúl Fernández, at the Teruel GP.

The Spaniard Raúl Fernández (KTM) added his sixth pole position of the season as he was the fastest in second qualifying for the Moto3 Portuguese Grand Prix that took place at the Portimao circuit.

Fernández scored a better Time of 1: 48.051, with almost two tenths of a second over the best rookie of the season, Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) and with the Japanese Ayumu Sasaki (KTM) 55 thousandths of a second behind him.

This time the first classification was most interesting, not only because it was the last of the season but because it contained such interesting names for the world title fight such as those of the Japanese Ai Ogura (Honda) and the Italian Tony Arbolino (Honda), who had not achieved a good initial rating.

But it is that in this first classification there were also pilots of the stature of the Italians Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) or Niccolo Antonelli (Honda), the Japanese Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda), the British John McPhee (Honda) or the Spanish Alonso López (Husqvarna) and Carlos Tatay (KTM).

Ogura suffered the unspeakable in that first qualifying because practically until the last minute he had no time, but he saved the situation with the third best time, behind the South African Darry Binder and the Japanese Tatsuki Suzuki and ahead of Niccolo Antonelli.

While Tony Arbolino was wrong in his strategy and when he was on a fast lap he stopped incomprehensibly so that other drivers would not follow him and, in the end, he could not take advantage of the time and was relegated to the thirteenth position of Q1, which will be the twenty-seventh of the starting formation, ninth row , far behind.

All the drivers “thought” about it a lot before going to the second classification, waiting for their fastest rivals to enter the track, but with just fifteen minutes of qualifying ahead they could not risk too much and little by little they all came out , although the world leader, Albert Arenas, tried to do it alone so that no one would “catch” the wheel.

Jeremy Alcoba was the first quick reference, 1: 48.790, with Gabriel Rodrigo and Jaume Masiá behind him, while Albert Arenas was fifth and others suffered falls, such as the Italian Andrea Migno (KTM) or the Argentine-Hispanic Gabriel Rodrigo, who could no longer continue the qualifying round .

Alcoba was succeeded at the head of the table by a true specialist one lap, Raúl Fernández, who stopped his best time in 1: 48.051, more than seven tenths of a second faster than Honda, but still with time to try to make a One more lap, as in the case of Albert Arenas, who started with less than two minutes on the two new tires and failed in the calculations when they saw the flag when they were about to make their last attempt at the fastest lap.

Behind, Ai Ogura did get it right and this allowed him on his last lap to get the fifth best time, just ahead of Arenas, in a session dominated by Raúl Fernández, with Jeremy Alcoba second and Ayumu Sasaki (KTM), third, with Tatsuki Suzuki fourth.

Jaume Masiá (Honda), who will have to serve a double long lap penalty, finished ninth, with Sergio García (Estrella Galicia 0’0 Honda) twelfth.

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