Italian youngster Riccardo Rossi (Sic 58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix Moto3 race from the second row of the grid after qualifying fourth quickest, just 0.030 seconds off the front row.
The 20-year-old found a huge improvement for qualifying, after completing free practice 17th fastest, albeit only eight tenths of a second behind the fastest rider, Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW). He finished the Q1 session in first place, promoting him to Q2.
Suzuki’s hopes of following his free-practice performance with his first pole position of 2022 weren’t realised. The 24-year-old from Chiba certainly had the speed to qualify on the front row, but the circuit was very busy when he was pushing for his best lap and he could only manage eighth fastest, just behind team-mate Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW). Therefore the pair will start from the third row of the grid.
Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) also looked strong in free practice, ending the three FP sessions fifth fastest, only 0.259 off Suzuki. In qualifying the 26-year-old Italian was 13th, albeit less than seven tenths of a second away from pole.
Grand Prix rookie Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had a great day, completing Q1 fourth fastest to take him into Q2 for the first time and on his first visit to Silverstone, a fast and complicated circuit which is also MotoGP’s longest. The 17-year-old from Kanoya ended Q2 in 17th, his best qualifying performance yet. He will start from row six.
Rookie team-mate Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) was 28th fastest during his first Silverstone qualifying sessions. The 18-year-old Indonesian will start form row ten.
As usual, Moto3 starts the race action tomorrow, with the race getting underway at 11:20 British time.