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German Moto3, Sachsenring Practice | Huge lap record for Sasaki, big crash for Ogden

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Ayumu Sasaki, Husqvarna IntactGP, 2023 German Moto3, Sachsenring, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Ayumu Sasaki took an extraordinary pole position for Round 7 of the 2023 Moto3 World Championship season, going more than a second faster than his rivals en route to a huge new lap record.

Having teased an immense result right at the start of the German Moto3 race weekend by setting a new record out of the box in FP1, Sasaki proceeded to obliterate his own best in the final seconds of qualifying.

Indeed, despite a lack of dry running in a wet FP2 and FP3 session, Sasaki went straight to the top early on with a 1m 25.963 - which alone would have been good enough for pole - before joining the swarming pack to tow him along to a superb 1m 25.130secs effort.


It was enough to earn him pole by almost +1.1s, a huge margin he holds over Deniz Oncu, a rider who'd impressed by taking pole in Mugello a week earlier by more than half a second.

Joining the Japanese and the Turk on the front row will be Ivan Ortola, the COTA and Jerez race winner just a slither behind Oncu.

Fresh from a big personal best finish of sixth at Mugello, Sasaki's Husqvarna IntactGP team-mate Colin Veijer has now scored a major new qualifying benchmark for himself as he heads up row two in fourth, while David Munoz on his return to action was fifth and title contender Jaume Masia sixth.

Championship leader Daniel Holgado, meanwhile, finds himself on the back foot down in seventh, where he shares the third row with Kaito Toba and Diogo Moreira.

Among the Brits, Joshua Whatley gets underway in 26th on the grid, while Scott Ogden brings up the rear of the 30-strong grid after a spectacular over the handlebars high-side early on in Q1 at Turn 3 sidelined him for the remainder of the session.

German Moto3, Sachsenring | Qualifying Results

2023 German Moto3 | Sachsenring, Germany | Qualifying Results | Round 7 of 20
1Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 25.130
2Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 26.222
3Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 26.285
4Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 26.641
5David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 26.648
6Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHonda1m 26.790
7Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 26.826
8Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 26.853
9Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 26.898
10Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 26.921
11Taiyo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 26.929
12Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 27.017
13Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 27.029
14Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTM1m 27.289
15David AlonsoCOLGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 27.366
16Ryusei YamanakaJPNGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 27.493
17Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 27.592
18Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 27.694
19Joel KelsoAUSCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 27.760
20Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 27.845
21Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 28.088
22Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 28.092
23Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 28.124
24Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1m 28.232
25Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 28.658
26Tachakorn BuarsiTHAHonda Team AsiaKTM1m 28.681
27Danial SharilMALMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 29.316
28David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTMNo Time
29Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack RacingHondaNo Time

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