Team-mates Gabriel Rodrigo (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) and Jeremy Alcoba rode a superb Moto3 Q2 qualifying session to take the top two places on the grid for tomorrow morning’s Catalan Moto3 race.
The pair worked together to overcome all their rivals, riding the fastest-ever Moto3 laps around the slightly modified Catalunya circuit, which features a new layout at Turn 10.
This is Rodrigo’s first pole position of 2021 and continues a strong run of qualifying performances which have had him starting from the first two rows of the grid for six successive races.
Last Sunday the 24-year-old Barcelona-based Argentine rider scored his second Grand Prix podium when he took a very close third place at Mugello, so tomorrow his target is straightforward: a first victory.
Alcoba was three tenths down in second. The 19-year-old scored his first top-three of 2021 at Jerez last month and will aim to return to the podium tomorrow, alongside his team-mate.
John Mcphee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was Honda’s next fastest rider, taking a second-row start with the sixth-best time of the day, the 26-year-old Briton choosing to ride alone.
Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) will start from the third row.
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) made an impressive return from injury, with the 20th best time. The 18-year-old from Setagaya broke his left collarbone during French GP qualifying three weeks ago, forcing him out of that race and also the Italian round.
Kunii has done well to get back into the groove so quickly here, putting himself in a position where he’s got a chance of scoring points, if he’s physically strong enough to ride at his maximum throughout the 21 laps.
Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) qualified two rows behind his team-mate. The 23-year-old Indonesian and Moto3 rookie will start the race alongside Takuma Matsuyama (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), the 16-year-old from Chiba contesting the third Grand Prix of his career.