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Grand Prix of the Americas Moto3, Qualifying | David Alonso ends wait for maiden pole at COTA

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David Alonso will start a Moto3 race on pole position for the first time after just holding off Jose Antonio Rueda in qualifying for the Grand Prix of The Americas, Round 3 of the 2024 Moto3 World Championship.

The Colombian, who made his debut in the quarter-litre class in 2023, is already a five-time race winner at Moto3 level but was yet to emulate the feat over a single lap during qualifying.

However, having dominated proceedings at Circuit of the Americas in the run up to qualifying by topping the timesheets in Free Practice, Practice 1 and Practice 2, Alonso extended what he hopes will be a full house on Sunday by seeing off his rivals in Q2.


It was a close run thing, however, the CFMoto Aspar Team rider unable to exert the same kind of margin he enjoyed in practice, but his eventual 2m 14.292secs lap would prove enough to resist Rueda by 0.017s.

With two of this year's anticipated title favourites doing their bit in first and second, current points' leader Daniel Holgado was another of the big hitters making it count in Q2 as he completed the front row for Red Bull GasGas Tech3.

In fourth, Collin Veijer heads up row row, the Dutchman making strides in qualifying having struggled in earlier sessions, while alongside him will be a pair of Aussie riders in Joel Kelso on the BOE Motorsport KTM and rookie Jacob Roulstone, the latter rookie consolidated his successful route to Q2 from Q1 by claiming an excellent sixth for only his third Moto3 start.

On a muted afternoon for the Honda contingent, Matteo Bertelle flew the 'redwing' flag highest in seventh place, alongside David Muñoz and Stefano Nepa, with Taiyo Furusato tenth.

Having succeeded in progressing through to Q2 directly from P2, Scott Ogden missed out on the chance to secure a top ten start, the MLav Racing rider settling for 15th, one spot behind Iván Ortolá, one of the tips for pole position left down in 14th after technical issues consigned him to just the one last gasp time attack attempt.

2024 Grand Prix of The Americas Moto3, COTA | Practice 2 Results

Saturday | Conditions - Dry, Sunny
🇺🇸 ⏱️ 2024 Grand Prix of The Americas Moto3 Results | Circuit of The Americas | Qualifying Results | Round 3 of 21
Pos.NameNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1David Alonso🇨🇴CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto2m 14.292
2Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 14.309
3Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas2m 14.487
4Collin Veijer🇳🇱Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna2m 14.574
5Joel Kelso🇦🇺BOE MotorsportKTM2m 14.800
6Jacob Roulstone🇦🇺Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas2m 14.869
7Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 14.918
8David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportKTM2m 15.015
9Stefano Nepa🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM2m 15.164
10Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 15.192
11Luca Lunetta🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 15.223
12Adrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda2m 15.271
13Filippo Farioli🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 15.282
14Ivan Ortola🇪🇦MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 15.433
15Scott Ogden🇬🇧MLav RacingHonda2m 15.460
16Tatsuki Suzuki🇯🇵Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna2m 15.738
17Joel Esteban🇪🇦CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto2m 16.232
18Angel Piqueras🇪🇦Leopard RacingHondaNo Time
19Joshua Whatley🇬🇧MLav RacingHonda2m 16.877
20Nicola Carraro🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM2m 17.052
21Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹CIP Green PowerKTM2m 17.200
22Noah Dettweiler🇨🇭CIP Green PowerKTM2m 17.563
23Xabi Zurutuza🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 17.818
24Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 20.595
25David Almansa🇪🇦Rivacold Snipers TeamHondaNo Time
26Tatchakorn Busari🇹🇭Honda Team AsiaHondaNo Time

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