Team-mates Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) enjoyed a strong Q2 qualifying at MotorLand Aragon today, both securing second-row starts for the Grand Prix of Aragon.
Both are confident of being in the lead pack tomorrow, in what will most likely be a big group race, with the circuit’s long main straight creating huge slipstreaming battles.
Suzuki qualified fourth, a fraction of a second off the front row, and will be chasing a second podium finish in three races. The 24-year-old from Chiba currently stands seventh in the 2022 Moto3 World Championship.
Foggia is third in the points race, 35 points off the leader, so the 21-year-old Italian still has a chance at the championship, if he can have a strong run in the final six races. He qualified sixth this afternoon, less than half a second off pole position.
Young Grand Prix rookie Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had a fantastic Saturday, improving from 23rd after FP1, FP2 and FP3 to take fourth in Q1 to gain graduation to Q2 for only the second time. The 17-year-old from Kanoya was 13th in Q2, which gives him his best-ever grid position – he will start the race from the fifth row of the grid and aiming for his first World Championship points.
Fellow GP rookie Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) qualified 25th quickest this afternoon. The 18-year-old Indonesian believes he could have bettered that performance if he had been able to find a slipstream on Aragon’s long main straight, which is so vital to a good lap time here.
Tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Aragon is the start of the hectic final stages of the 2022 Moto3 series, which has six Grands Prix races over eight weekends. The next two Sundays are the Japanese GP and the Thai GP, then it’s Australia and Malaysia. The season-ending Valencia GP takes place on 6 November.