May 29, 2021, Paul-Emile Viel

The battle for the Top 14, synonymous with qualifying in Q2 for the Moto3 class, took place under bright sunshine in Tuscany, this time with a full 15 minutes of driving on new tires. After Sergio Garcia (GasGas, Aspar Team Moto3, # 11) came close to the lap record in his first run, Jaume Masià (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 5) beat him for the first time, but c ‘was without counting on Andrea Migno (Honda, Rivacold Snipers Team, # 16) who wanted to keep the best time at home and went a few tenths faster than the previous benchmark. Jaume Masià (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 5) had to settle for second place, closely followed by Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 2) and Sergio Garcia (GasGas, Aspar Team Moto3, # 11 ).

Jason Dupasquier (KTM, CarXpert PruestlGP, # 50) continues to impress, this time pointing in fifth position and closely followed by Jeremy Alcoba (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 52), the Spaniard being the last rider to be less than half a second from the leader. The rest of the top ten, made up of Ayumu Sasaki, Stefano Nepa, John McPhee and Romano Fenati, are held in a tenth of a second, while the top 17 drivers finished within a second of first place. Among them, however, only Deniz Öncü, Filip Salac, Dennis Foggia and Darryn Binder secured their places directly in Q2, with the FP2 leader pointing only 17th in the session but was quick enough on Friday to ensure a safe qualification.

Championship leader Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37) briefly flirted with the top 14, but was quickly demoted to 16th in the combined standings and will have to go through Q1, alongside Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda, SIC58 Squadra Corse, # 24) and Niccolò Antonelli (KTM, Reale Avintia, # 23).

Who will be in pole position at this Italian Grand Prix? Before answering this question, here is the table which summarizes the hitherto known facts.

At the start of the afternoon, the air temperature was 25 ° C and the runway temperature was 40 ° C.

Places are expensive for Q2, because only 4 of the 16 drivers participating in this Q1 will qualify for this 2nd qualifying session, which will take place immediately after. Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37), leader of the World Championship, will be one of the contenders to join Q2.

Xavier Artigas (Honda, Leopard Racing, # 43) is the first to start. He turns around in the pit lane as he feels a bit lonely. And for good reason, no one is joining him on the Tuscan route for the moment! It takes 3 min for the other riders to decide to get on their machines, and everyone starts behind Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37).

Xavier Artigas (Honda, Leopard Racing, # 43) saw his first time canceled for having exceeded the limits of the track. Thus, after a quick lap, Alberto Surra, the VR46 Academy rider provisionally entered his name at the top of the qualifying stages, before Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda, SIC58 Squadra Corse, # 24) took the advantage in 1’57.122, ahead of Niccolò Antonelli (KTM, Reale Avintia, # 23), Alberto Surra and Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37), who returns to the pits after only one running lap.

At 6min from the presentation of the checkered flag, Kaito Toba (KTM, CIP-Green Power, # 27) invites himself into the top 4, while an incident between Riccardo Rossi (KTM, BOE Owlride, # 54) and Izan Guevara (GasGas, Gaviota Aspar Team, # 28) at turn 10 dropped the GasGas driver violently but he escaped unscathed.

The pilots set off for a final lap, started a little over 2min from the end of the session, nothing has been decided yet. Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37) returned to the track 3 minutes ago.

At the end of this Q1, the lap times are crazy and it is finally Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda, SIC58 Squadra Corse, # 24) who is doing the best, in 1’56.875, ahead of Kaito Toba (KTM, CIP- Green Power, # 27), Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37) and Niccolò Antonelli (KTM, Reale Avintia, # 23), who pass all 4 in Q2.

Lorenzo Fellon (Honda, SIC58 Squadra Corse, # 20) is 10th in the session, the Wild Card of the VR46 Academy, Alberto Surra, 6th, and Elia Bartolini 9th.

Takuma Matsuyama (Honda, Honda Team Asia, # 32) and Izan Guevara (GasGas, Gaviota Aspar Team, # 28) have to go through the medical examination box, following their respective falls.

Now it’s time for Q2, with the 4 fastest drivers in Q1 joining the 14 fastest drivers from the 3 practice sessions. The drivers take their time before setting off for this decisive session for pole position. After a 3min wait, only Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37) set off on the 5.2 km of the Tuscan route. The other drivers wait and measure each other in the pit lane.

Some finally take a drop after letting 4min of Q2 pass by waiting quietly in their seats. Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37) logically sets the first time of the session, clocking 1: 58.224. After all the riders had completed a rolling lap, the provisional pole position was to be credited to Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 2), in 1’56.685. There are 5 minutes left before the presentation of the checkered flag.

Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37), who has an offbeat strategy, meanwhile returned to the pits, as did Andrea Migno (Honda, Rivacold Snipers Team, # 16), who did not make a lap time for now.

Apart from the provisional top3, made up of Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 2), Jeremy Alcoba (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 52) and Niccolò Antonelli (KTM, Reale Avintia, # 23), all pilots take to the track for a final run.

We currently have a @GresiniRacing 1-2 on home soil! 👊 @ gabrirodrigo2 edges ahead of @jeremyalcoba! 🔝 # Moto3 | #ItalianGP 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/K6QCqepv5n

There is less than 2min left, all the pilots are on the track. Nothing has been established yet for pole position, everything will be decided in the moments to come.

Not how we wanted Q2 to finish 😲 @ TatsukiSuzuki24 has taken pole position ahead of @ 37_pedroacosta 🏁 # Moto3 | #ItalianGP 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/chj5O4FlRa

Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda, SIC58 Squadra Corse, # 24) passed the checkered flag in 1’56.001, ahead of Pedro Acosta (KTM, Red Bull KTM Ajo, # 37) and Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 2).

Session stopped due to incident between # 50 Jason Dupasquier and # 71 @ AyumuSasaki1 # Moto3 | #ItalianGP 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/SI5snmP3P7

Jason Dupasquier (KTM, CarXpert PruestlGP, # 50) and Ayumu Sasaki (KTM, Red Bull KTM Tech3, # 71) clash violently at turn 9, the red flag is waved as the bikes are on the line. Jeremy Alcoba (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 52) is also involved in this crash.

Ayumu Sasaki (KTM, Red Bull KTM Tech3, # 71) and Jeremy Alcoba (Honda, Team Gresini Moto3, # 52) are ok and examined at the Medical Center. Jason Dupasquier (KTM, CarXpert PruestlGP, # 50) leaves by helicopter to the hospital in Florence for more exams.

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