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Japanese Moto3, Qualifying | Masia well placed with Motegi pole, work to do for rivals

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Jaume Masia emphasised his status as the form man in the Moto3 World Championship by taking his fifth pole position of the season in the Japanese Moto3 at Motegi.

A third consecutive pole position for the Spaniard puts him in an ideal position to carry the recent form that has seen him pull level with long-time points’ leader Daniel Holgado in the overall standings.

Indeed, after dominating last weekend’s Indian Moto3 from pole position, the Leopard Racing rider will be keen to put on a similarly emphatic display in Japan, not least because his main title rivals have some work to do if they want to get to the front.


Joining Masia on the grid will one of his more distant title rivals in Deniz Oncu, the Turk eyeing a return to form this weekend after injuries and penalties consigned him to a frustrating weekend in India, while Matteo Bertelle produced a fine lap to usurp the usual favourites to place his Rivacold Snipers bike into third.

Stefano Nepa leads Angeluss MTA team-mate Ivan Ortola in fourth and fifth, with series leader Holgado completing row three in sixth, the Spaniard no doubt relieved of a decent Q2 after struggles recently.

Collin Veijer bounced back from a difficult Friday learning the Motegi circuit to qualify seventh and ahead of Husqvarna IntactGP team-mate Ayumu Sasaki, the Japanese - who himself is just one point shy of the overall lead - heading the home charge in eighth.

David Munoz completes row three with David Alonso, a winner in three of the six events held since the summer break, completing the top ten.

Of the Brits, Scott Ogden and Josh Whatley have their work cut out from 21st and 27th on the grid respectively.

2023 Japanese Moto3 | Motegi Twin RIng Circuit | Qualifying Results | Round 14 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 56.331
2Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 56.539
3Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 56.651
4Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 56.695
5Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 56.759
6Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 56.776
7Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 56.797
8Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 56.804
9David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 56.892
10David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 56.928
11Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 56.960
12Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 56.972
13Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 57.121
14Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 57.129
15Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 57.153
16Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 57.289
17Tatsuki Suzuki🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 57.739
18Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 57.161
19Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 57.657
20David Almansa🇪🇦Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 57.908
21Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 58.151
22Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 58.197
23Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 58.371
24Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 58.442
25Ana Carrasco🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 58.735
26Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM1m 58.760
27Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 58.859

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