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Indian Moto3, Qualifying | Masia times it right for pole in wet, delayed session as Ogden shines

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Jaume Masia, Leopard Racing, 2023 Moto3, Indian Moto3, Buddh, action [Gold & Goose]

Jaume Masia timed his moment just right to take pole position for the inaugural Indian Moto3 at the Buddh International Circuit, a session that was struck by a long delay following a heavy downpour.

In an unusually disjointed two-part qualifying session that took more than an hour to complete, those through to Q2 were forced to wait on the sidelines after the hot temperatures and humidity gave way in spectacular fashion just as an otherwise dry Q1 was finishing.

While the rain eventually stopped, the 18 riders would only venture out on track once the majority of the standing water had cleared.


It meant the formbook from the three dry sessions around a new and unknown venue for the riders and teams was thrown out and those with more confidence in slippery conditions could come to the fore.

With riders staying out in the hope of catching the best of the conditions just in time for the flag, it was Masia that ultimately prevailed having largely featured at the top of the timesheets throughout the Q2 session.

Hammering home the points with a concluding benchmark of 2m 09.336 - around ten seconds down on the best dry weather times - the Leopard Racing rider was a full +0.7s up on the competition, led on the remainder of the front row by Matteo Bertelle and Ayumu Sasaki.

The change in the weather meant renowned wet weather specialist Scott Ogden played himself into contention having squeezed through into Q2 via the dry Q1 session beforehand. Briefly battling for pole position and a front row, the VisionTrack Honda rider will get away from fourth place on Sunday.

Kaito Toba sits centre of row two in fifth, with Diogo Moreira getting away from sixth position, while Stefano Nepa, Taiyo Furusato, pole favourite Collin Veijer and David Salvador rounded out the top ten.

Among the title contenders, Masia and Sasaki are well placed to overhaul current leader Daniel Holgado, the Spaniard unable to make it past Q1 for the second race in succession en route to 19th. Of his other title rivals though, Deniz Oncu starts 11th and David Alonso in 18th.

2023 Indian Moto3 | Buddh International Circuit | Qualifying Results | Round 13 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda2m 09.336
2Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 10.063
3Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna2m 10.104
4Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda2m 10.126
5Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 10.735
6Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 10.783
7Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM2m 10.852
8Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 10.867
9Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna2m 10.968
10David Salvador🇪🇦CIP Green PowerKTM2m 11.018
11Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 11.282
12Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas2m 11.330
13Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM2m 11.347
14Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 11.963
15David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM2m 13.350
16Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto2m 13.606
17Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 14.181
18David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas2m 14.408
19Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 59.981
20Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM2m 00.237
21Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 00.465
22Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda2m 00.611
23Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto2m 00.662
24Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 01.032
25Ana Carrasco🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM2m 01.146
26Danial Shahril🇲🇾Petronas MIE M Lav RacingHonda2m 01.257
27Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM2m 01.393
28Tatsuki Suzuki🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda
DNQKadai Yassen Ahamed🇮🇳Petronas MIE M Lav RacingHonda
WRomano Fenati🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda

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