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Indonesian Moto3, Qualifying | Moreira holds out for first pole of season, Masia leads title rivals

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Diogo Moreira, MT Helmets-MSI, 2023 Moto3, Indonesian Moto3, Mandalika, action [Gold & Goose]

Diogo Moreira denied Jaume Masia a fourth consecutive pole position after holding on at the Mandalika Circuit to lead the way in qualifying ahead of the Indonesian Moto3.

The Brazilian, who along with Masia, has demonstrated the most convincing and consistent front running pace so far this weekend, got the better of his championship-leading rival with a 1m 39.085secs lap.

It represents the first time Moreira has started a race from the top spot this season and is his first Moto3 pole position since last year’s British Moto3 race at Silverstone.


In the context of the simmering Moto3 title battle, which sees just nine points splitting a top three comprising Masia, Ayumu Sasaki and Daniel Holgado, it is the former who takes an advantage into race day from second, while his closest rivals have ground to make up from only 11th and seventh respectively.

However, they are not the only riders within range of a title fight if results go their way in the coming races, one of which is David Alonso, who is well placed to challenge for his fourth win of the season from third on the grid.

Despite having to come through Q1, Collin Veijer made the most of his extra track time in Q2 to land fourth place on the grid, the Dutch rookie sharing the second row with Deniz Oncu and Taiyo Furusato.

Though not his worst qualifying of the season, Holgado still has work ahead to reclaim his erstwhile championship lead from seventh on the grid, the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 rider sharing row three with Matteo Bertelle and Stefano Nepa.

Elsewhere, VisionTrack Racing celebrated getting both of its riders through to Q2 for the first time after Scott Ogden made it into Q2 directly and Josh Whatley succeeded in progressing via Q1. However, the pair would bring up the rear in the pole-deciding session, with Ogden - who suffered a late high-side - and Whatley 17th and 18th respectively.

2023 Indonesian Moto3 | Mandalika Circuit | Qualifying Results | Round 15 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 39.085
2Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 39.125
3David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 39.310
4Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 39.363
5Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 39.368
6Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 39.369
7Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 39.426
8Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 39.443
9Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 39.466
10David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 39.473
11Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 39.550
12Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 39.760
13Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 39.813
14Adrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 39.910
15Arbi Aditama🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 40.018
16Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 40.164
17Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 40.271
18Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 40.907
19Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 40.179
20Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 40.239
21Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 40.318
22Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 40.471
23Nicola Fabio Carraro🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 40.490
24Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM1m 40.628
25Ana Carrasco🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 40.689
26Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 40.726
27Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 40.758
28Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 40.899
29Noah Dettwiler🇨🇭CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 41.410

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