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Qatar Moto3, Lusail Qualifying: Holgado holds off Moreira for pole, Masia only 10th

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Daniel Holgado, Red Bull KTM Tech3, 2023 Moto3, Qatar Moto3, Lusail, action [Gold & Goose]

Daniel Holgado has taken pole position for the penultimate round of the 2023 Moto3 World Championship in Qatar after resisting Diogo Moreira at the Lusail International Circuit.

The Spaniard avoided any dramas with loitering riders looking to grab a tow by setting his time well before the chequered flag, his 2m 04.742secs lap good enough to hold the top spot.

Only the second pole position of his Moto3 career - and his first since the 2022 Austrian Moto3 - the result will give Holgado’s slim title hopes a welcome boost at this late stage in the season, though with a 41-point deficit to bridge and only a maximum of 50 available, he remains a sizeable outsider.


By contrast, the fight is definitely on between Moto3 leader Jaume Masia and Ayumu Sasaki, the pair split by just 13 points coming to Qatar.

Ahead of Sunday’s race it is Sasaki who holds the advantage in terms of grid position, the Husqvarna IntactGP rider, who is still yet to win a race this season, qualifying fourth, while Masia has work to do from tenth place on the grid.

Back at the front, Moreira came very close to unseating Holgado from pole position, the Brazilian only 0.003secs shy of the top spot, while Deniz Oncu completed the front row on the Red Bull KTM Ajo machine.

Joining Sasaki on row two will be team-mate and Malaysian Moto3 winner Collin Veijer and Rivacold Snipers rider Romano Fenati.

Joel Kelso heads up row three on the best of the CFMoto PruestelGP machines, alongside Matteo Bertelle and Ivan Ortola.

Meanwhile, David Alonso - the winner of more races than any other rider this season and one of four riders mathematically within a shot of the title still - gets away from 13th.

Scott Ogden made it through to Q2 on the VisionTrack Racing Honda, the Briton going on to qualify 16th but ending his day on the floor after a crash. Team-mate Josh Whatley starts 20th.

Qatar Moto3, Lusail International Circuit - Qualifying Results

2023 Qatar Moto3 - Lusail International Circuit - Qualifying - Round 19 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM2m 04.742
2Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 04.745
3Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 04.894
4Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna2m 05.066
5Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna2m 05.204
6Romano Fenati🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 05.207
7Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto2m 05.207
8Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 05.250
9Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM2m 05.253
10Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda2m 05.423
11Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM2m 05.476
12Vicente Perez🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM2m 05.685
13David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas2m 05.779
14Adrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda2m 06.141
15Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto2m 06.187
16Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda2m 06.404
17Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 06.474
18Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 06.690
19Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 06.459
20Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda2m 06.578
21Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM2m 06.727
22David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM2m 06.761
23Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 07.074
24Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 07.368
25Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas2m 07.386
26Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM2m 07.573
27David Salvador🇪🇦CIP Green PowerCFMoto2m 07.808
28Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 09.449

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