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Moto3 USA | No change at damp COTA, Sasaki leads into Q2

Ayumu Sasaki held onto his No.1 spot heading into Qualifying for the 2023 Moto3 Grand Prix of The Americas as sketchy conditions in P3 prevented riders from making an impression on their P2 personal best laps.

Though rain from earlier had cleared well in advance of the first GP track session of Saturday at  Circuit of The Americas, patches of damp at various locations on the circuit would ultimately prevent riders from making gains.

As such, Sasaki’s leading time from P2 remained the benchmark to the end of the three Moto3 sessions, the IntactGP Husqvarna rider bidding to make it three pole positions in a row later today.


Jaume Masia and Ivan Ortola completed the unchanged top three, ahead of Diogo Moreira, who emerged fastest of the P3 session itself, albeit almost two seconds down on the ultimate best lap of the weekend.

Daniel Holgado and Kaito Toba rounded out the top six, with the top ten completed by Deniz Oncu, Tatsuki Suzuki, David Munoz and Romano Fenati.

The damp conditions also meant that the Top 14 riders from P2 go through to Q2 automatically, among them Matteo Bertelle, Jose Antonio Rueda, Stefano Nepa and Riccardo Rossi.

Those who will look to advance from Q1 include British rider Scott Ogden, the VisionTrack Honda man having been third quickest in P3 itself, his team-mate Josh Whatley and Moto3 podium winner Xavier Artigas on the CFMoto.

Moto3 P3 Results - Grand Prix of The Americas | COTA

Conditions - Overcast dry with damp patches
Grand Prix of the Americas, USA Moto3 | P3 Results | Circuit of The Americas | Round 3 / 21 
1Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTMRC250 GP2m 18.233
2Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTMRC250 GP2m 18.441
3Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack Racing TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 19.066
4Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHondaNSF250 RW2m 19.392
5Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTMRC250 GP2m 19.400
6Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTMRC250 GP2m 19.474
7Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech 3KTMRC250 GP2m 19.679
8Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 19.726
9David AlonsoCOLAutosolar GasGas AsparGasGasRC250 GP2m 19.728
10Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHondaNSF250 RW2m 19.745
11Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna Intact GPHusqvarnaFR250GP2m 19.756
12Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMotoMoto32m 20.029
13Ryusei YamanakaJPNAutosolar GasGas AsparGasGasRC250 GP2m 20.137
14Syarifuddin AzmanMALMT Helmets - MSIKTMRC250 GP2m 20.280
15Tatsuki SuzukiJPNLeopard RacingHondaNSF250 RW2m 20.409
16Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 20.623
17Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHondaNSF250 RW2m 20.656
18David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTMRC250 GP2m 20.690
19David AlmansaESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMotoMoto32m 20.996
20Taylo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHondaNSF250 RW2m 21.019
21Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTMRC250 GP2m 21.174
22Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTMRC250 GP2m 21.570
23Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHondaNSF250 RW2m 22.397
24David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTMRC250 GP2m 22.887
25Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTMRC250 GP2m 23.477
26Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack Racing TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 24.544
27Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTMRC250 GP2m 25.587
28Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna Intact GPHusqvarnaFR250GPNo Time

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