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French Moto3 Qualifying Results | Sasaki scorcher secures third pole of season


Ayumu Sasaki marched to a commanding pole position in qualifying for the French Moto3 at Le Mans, the Japanese rider securing Saturday honours for the third time this season.

In a session hindered by issues with timekeeping - a problem that led to a delay in the final results being confirmed - Sasaki did his bit by turning in a lap time that made no question of his pole position.

Stopping the clock at 1m 41.630secs, Sasaki ended the session a full 0.3secs clear of closest rivals, title fighters Diogo Moreira and Daniel Holgado.


Coming into the weekend with championship leader Holgado holding a slender four point margin over Moreira, the pair were beneficiaries of the late reshuffle of the results as several laps were cancelled and times verified.

It led to Andrea Migno losing a provisional second place on the grid, though the CIP Green Power rider - who fell moments after setting his time - will still get underway from a strong fourth place having already progressed via Q1.

A winner in the United States and Spain, Ivan Ortola (Angeluss MTA KTM) will aim for a hat-trick of Moto3 wins from fifth place on the grid, the Spaniard heading off another title contender in Jaume Masia (Leopard Honda).

Deniz Oncu's quest for a long-awaited maiden Moto3 win will continue from seventh on the grid, th Turk joined on row three by Xavier Artigas and Syarifuddin Azman, the Malaysian scoring a big personal best with his run to ninth on the grid.

Of the Brits, Scott Ogden couldn't progress beyond a fiercely-contested Q1 session after being caught out on his best lap by yellow flags triggered by a wild high-side for Sasaki's team-mate Colin Veijer.

the Briton having to contend with a starting position of 20th, while VisionTrack Honda team-mate Joshua Whatley gets underway from 26th.

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French Moto3 | Qualifying Results

Le Mans | Conditions - Dry, Sunny
2023 French Moto3 | Le Mans, France | Qualifying Results | Round 5 of 20
1Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 41.630
2Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 41.939
3Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 41.958
4Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTM1m 42.128
5Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 42.332
6Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHonda1m 42.369
7Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 42.423
8Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 42.619
9Syarifuddin AzmanMALMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 42.685
10Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 42.685
11David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTM1m 42.735
12Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 42.789
13Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 42.872
14Ryusei YamanakaJPNGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 42.878
15Taiyo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 43.007
16Joel KelsoAUSCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 43.135
17Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 43.435
18Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 43.443
19Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 43.816
20Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 43.879
21Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 43.966
22Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 43.997
23Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 44.031
24Tatsuki SuzukiJPNLeopard RacingHonda1m 44.061
25David AlonsoCOLGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 44.181
26Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 44.410
27Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 44.478

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