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Moto3 USA Qualifying Results | Masia dodges drama for pole

Jaume Masia secured his first pole position of the 2023 Moto3 World Championship season at Circuit of The Americas after being rewarded for not waiting around to set his best time.

With the COTA venue proving one of the longest and most technical circuits on the calendar, this weekend’s Moto3 class has seen a rash of crashes, prompting several deleted lap times due to yellow flags.

As such, Masia didn’t hang about in attempting his time attack, the 2022 race winner hitting the front on his first attempt with a weekend best of 2m 16.250secs. It would prove good enough for the Leopard Racing rider to hold firm at the head of the timesheets.


He resisted efforts by practice pace setter Ayumu Sasaki, who too adopted went for an unusual qualifying strategy by doing multiple laps on his own during a single run. With his first two laps cancelled due to yellow flags, it was third time lucky for the IntactGP Husqvarna rider as he slotted into second place, just over a tenth behind Masia.

Ivan Ortola completed the front row, ahead of the top two in the overall standings, Diogo Moreira and Daniel Holgado, the latter fortunate to cling onto fifth after missing the final few minutes following a crash mid-way through the session.

Indeed, crashes and yellow flags played their part in scuppering the peloton of riders circulating together for a final time attack, though one of the big winners was Q1 qualifier Ryusei Yamanaka, who took seventh, just behind Stefano Nepa.

Matteo Bertelle starts eighth, ahead of Xavier Artigas in ninth - the CFMoto rider also recovering from Q1 - and Tatsuki Suzuki completing the top ten.

Elsewhere, Deniz Oncu starts down in 14th after a late fall, while there was frustration for David Munoz, who suffered a nasty high-side at Turn 11 early in the session. Though clearly in discomfort when he returned to the pits, he got back on track and was soldiering through a late flyer that could have placed him on the front row, only to be caught out by yellow flags.

Having not set a time prior to that, Munoz will therefore start down in 16th.

Of the Brits, Scott Ogden couldn’t progress out if Q1, the Argentina top five finisher 23rd, while hiis VisionTrack Honda team-mate Joshua Whatley is 28th on the grid.

Moto3 Qualifying Results - Grand Prix of The Americas | COTA

Grand Prix of the Americas, USA Moto3 | Qualifying Results | Circuit of The Americas | Round 3 / 21 
1Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHondaNSF250 RW2m 16.250
2Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna Intact GPHusqvarnaFR250GP2m 16.351
3Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTMRC250 GP2m 16.556
4Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTMRC250 GP2m 16.866
5Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTMRC250 GP2m 16.912
6Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTMRC250 GP2m 17.016
7Ryusei YamanakaJPNAutosolar GasGas AsparGasGasRC250 GP2m 17.330
8Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.348
9Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMotoMoto32m 17.372
10Tatsuki SuzukiJPNLeopard RacingHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.407
11Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTMRC250 GP2m 17.683
12David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTMRC250 GP2m 17.708
13Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.752
14Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTMRC250 GP2m 17.998
15Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHondaNSF250 RW2m 18.001
16Syarifuddin AzmanMALMT Helmets - MSIKTMRC250 GPNo Time
17Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHondaNSF250 RWNo Time
18David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTMRC250 GPNo Time
19Taylo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.946
20Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech 3KTMRC250 GP2m 18.065
21Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna Intact GPHusqvarnaFR250GP2m 18.129
22David AlonsoCOLAutosolar GasGas AsparGasGasRC250 GP2m 18.178
23Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack Racing TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 18.181
24Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTMRC250 GP2m 18.257
25Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHondaNSF250 RW2m 18.363
26Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTMRC250 GP2m 18.667
27Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack Racing TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 19.710
28David AlmansaESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMotoMoto3No Time

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