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2023 Italian Moto3 Qualifying | Oncu pole, penalties galore amid strict stewards crackdown

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Deniz Oncu, Red Bull KTM Ajo, 2023 Moto3, Italian Moto3, Mugello, action [credit Gold and Goose]

Deniz Oncu will start the 2023 Italian Moto3 round from pole position as anticipated after following through from his dominant Practice pace to prove similarly formidable in qualifying at Mugello.

The Turkish rider was never challenged as he twice bettered his own marker, eventually stopping the clock just shy of a 1m 55secs lap at 1m 56.020s.

That was still good enough to command a huge half-second margin over the opposition, and even then that came from a rider - Joel Kelso - who won't even start Sunday's race alongside him.


Indeed, Oncu's efforts notwithstanding, the big news coming into the session was the ruling from the FIM Stewards that eight riders - among them title contenders - would have to start from the back of the grid, regardless of where they qualify, and serve a long-lap penalty in the race.

They were each punished for irresponsible riding, namely getting in the way by touring around the track slowly trying to pick up a tow from a rival rider. A prevalent issue for Moto3 for some years, the hard punishment is being seen as an example of what could happen as part of a stricter efforts to deter potential offenders.

The eight riders are : Joel Kelso (2nd), Diogo Moreira (4th), Stefano Napa (7th), Xavier Artigas (8th), Ivan Ortola (10th), Vicente Perez (14th), David Salvador (20th).

While the final grid is yet to be communicated, the penalty spells particularly bad news for Moreira and Ortola's title challenge, while Kelso was a big loser too, the Australian coming out of Q1 before going on to set the second fastest time on the CFMoto PruestelGP behind Oncu in the knowledge he'd be demoted.

With the octet removed, Ayumu Sasaki and Daniel Holgado make up the front row alongside Oncu, with Matteo Bertelle up in fourth place, Riccardo Rossi rising from ninth to fifth, while Jaume Masia finds himself in sixth despite a lacklustre afternoon that had him 11th.

Scott Ogden was also a winner from the grid shake-up, his 15th place being transformed into an eighth place start on row three

Italian Moto3, Mugello | Qualifying Results

Saturday | Conditions - Overcast, Dry, Warm

* To start from the back of the grid and must take a long lap penalty in race after stewards punishment for irresponsible riding in Practice

2023 Italian Moto3 | Mugello, Italy | Qualifying Results | Round 6 of 20
1Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 56.020
2Joel KelsoAUSCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 56.538 *
3Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 56.611
4Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 56.721 *
5Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 56.800
6Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 56.864 *
7Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 56.885 *
8Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 56.986 *
9Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 57.003
10Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 57.095 *
11Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHonda1m 57.097
12Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTM1m 57.343
13Taiyo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 57.358
14Vicente PerezESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 57.402 *
15Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 57.474
16David AlonsoCOLGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 57.518
17Tatsuki SuzukiJPNLeopard RacingHonda1m 57.863
18Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 58.608
19Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 57.494
20David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTM1m 57.628 *
21Ryusei YamanakaJPNGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 57.665
22Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 57.854
23Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 57.861
24Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 57.931
25Luca LunettaITAMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 58.427
26Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 58.661
27Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 58.938
28Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 58.593
WSyarifuddin AzmanMALMT Helmets - MSIKTM

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