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Moto3 Spain: Alonso on Pole in Spain

Gold and Goose

The fourth round of the 2024 Moto3 World Championship brings the series to Spain and the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto.


The morning rain that had made P2 wet for Moto3 had mostly dried up in time for qualifying. Some wet patches remained at the beginning of Q1, especially around turn two, but by Q2 the track was almost completely dry.

David Munoz, 2024 Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

David Alonso had topped every Moto3 session of the weekend until Saturday morning, but the slightly inconsistent track conditions opened an opportunity for someone to displace the Colombian from top spot.


With three minutes to go, Collin Veijer had done just that, and sat on provisional pole position by over three-tenths-of-a-second. But, with two minutes to go, Alonso was back at the top; unchallenged for the remainder of Q2, Alonso remains unbeaten in a Moto3 session since the Portuguese Grand Prix.

David Munoz was the closest rider to Alonso, just over two tenths back after following the #80 CFMoto Aspar rider on what was the final flying lap of Q2 for both riders. Munoz, though, was the only rider within a second of Alonso, with Veijer qualifying third but 1.059 seconds off the pace.

Joel Kelso qualified fourth, ahead of Ryusei Yamanaka and Angel Piqueras on row two; while Ivan Ortola heads up row three from Joel Esteban and Tatsuki Suzuki. Nicola Carraro completes the qualifying top 10, joined by his MTA teammate Stefano Nepa and Leopard Racing's Adrian Fernandez on the fourth row.

It was a disastrous qualifying for Tech3 GasGas, whose points leader, Dani Holgado, crashed at turn five on his first flying lap, and a few minutes later the second GasGas machine of Jacob Roulstone went down in almost identical circumstances at the same corner. Neither rider set a time, Holgado having to go to the medical centre after his fall.

Full Moto3 results from qualifying in Spain are below.

2024 Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | Qualifying Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:44.954
2David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:45.174
3Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:46.013
4Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM1:46.053
5Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:46.152
6Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:46.477
7Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:46.495
8Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:46.600
9Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:46.797
10Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:46.963
11Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:47.018
12Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:47.152
13Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:47.182
14Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:47.366
15Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:47.561
16David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:47.603
17Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGasNo Time Set
18Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGasNo Time Set
19Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:48.406
20Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:48.579
21Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:48.651
22Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:49.203
23Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:49.228
24Vicente PerezESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:49.523
25Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda1:50.340
26Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:51.460


Rain on Saturday morning meant the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto was not in a condition that allowed the Moto3 riders to improve on their times from Friday afternoon's P1 session, meaning that it was the P1 session that decided the Q1/Q2 seeding for qualifying for the lightweight class.

David Alonso was fastest yet again, but this time by under one-tenth-of-a-second over his CFMoto Aspar teammate Joel Esteban.

Noah Dettwiler, 2024 Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

Angel Piqueras completed the top three, while Adrian Fernandez made it a Leopard Racing 3-4, and Matteo Bertelle ensured there were three Hondas in the top five.

Jose Antonio Rueda had reported feeling ill from Thursday, hence his lack of participation in Friday's sessions. He is replaced for the rest of the weekend by Vicente Perez, who finished 11th in P2 and already has Moto3 experience this year with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, having stood in for Xabi Zurutuza at the first two races of the year before Zurutuza became old enough to make his debut last time out in the US.


Full Moto3 P2 results from Jerez are below.

2024 Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | P2 Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:56.619
2Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:56.715
3Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:57.007
4Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:57.540
5Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:57.666
6Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:57.703
7Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:57.731
8Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:57.833
9Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:58.180
10Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:58.258
11Vicente PerezESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:58.301
12Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:58.596
13Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:58.643
14Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:58.685
15Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:58.696
16Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:58.958
17David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:59.132
18Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:59.432
19Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:59.465
20Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:59.569
21Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:59.624
22Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:59.949
23Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda2:00.093
24Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM2:00.805
25Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas2:02.139
26David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHondaNo Time Set


David Alonso was once again fastest in the second practice session for the Moto3 class in Spain, topping P1 by almost one second.

Daniel Holgado, Jacob Roulstone, 2024 Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

This time, it was Jacob Roulstone who was closest to Alonso, but 0.969 seconds separated first from second on Friday afternoon.

Championship leader Dani Holgado had a better showing in the afternoon than the morning, finishing fourth-fastest.


Scott Ogden in 14th was one of only two Hondas to make the top 14 overnight, David Almansa the other in fifth place.

Jose Antonio Rueda sat out once more on Friday afternoon - the #99 didn't manage a single lap on Friday in Jerez.

2024 Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | P1 Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:43.710
2Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:44.679
3Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:44.762
4Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:44.892
5David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:45.122
6Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM1:45.158
7Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:45.163
8Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:45.178
9David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:45.197
10Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:45.297
11Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:45.333
12Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:45.474
13Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:45.493
14Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:45.566
15Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:45.595
16Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:45.779
17Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:45.825
18Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:45.903
19Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:45.931
20Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:45.967
21Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:46.168
22Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:46.242
23Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:46.317
24Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:46.708
25Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda1:47.391
26Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTMNo Time Set


First practice for the Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix was dominated by David Alonso.

The Colombian topped the FP1 times by over one second, his 1:44.590 comparing to David Munoz' 1:45.669.

David Alonso, 2024 Moto3 Grand Prix of the Americas. Credit: Gold and Goose

It was a more complicated morning for championship leader Dani Holgado, who ended FP1 in 12th place, over two seconds off the pace of Alonso.

Jose Antonio Rueda was declared fit for the Spanish Grand Prix on the Thursday before the event following his appendix surgery in the middle of the Grand Prix of the Americas, but did not set a time in FP1.

Full Moto3 results from FP1 in Spain are below.

2024 Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | FP1 Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:44.590
2David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:45.669
3Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:45.919
4Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM1:45.970
5Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:45.979
6Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:46.240
7Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:46.258
8Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:46.364
9Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:46.433
10Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:46.524
11Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:46.594
12Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:46.615
13Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:46.676
14Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:46.712
15Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:46.814
16Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:46.895
17Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:46.994
18Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:47.091
19David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:47.138
20Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:47.221
21Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:47.386
22Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:47.442
23Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:47.583
24Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:48.143
25Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda1:48.268
26Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTMNo Time Set

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