US News Moto3 FT3 Misano 2: New lap record for Celestino Vietti

11:45  19 september  2020
11:45  19 september  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The third free practice session at the Misano World Circuit in Italy practically developed into one in the Moto3 class Qualifying. Local hero Celestino Vietti (KTM) set a new lap record with 1: 41.155 minutes.

With this time Vietti was almost four tenths of a second faster than Ai Ogura (Honda) in second place. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) was half a second behind in third. The further time intervals were then again as narrow as usual.

Five drivers had to serve a penalty in the last 15 minutes and stay in the pits. That was Jaume Masia (Honda), Dennis Foggia (Honda), Ryusei Yamanaka (Honda), Davide Pizzoli (KTM) and Tony Arbolino (Honda).

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It was a penalty for a third offense ("strolling") over the past Misano weekend. That was a problem for these drivers, because in the final phase there was the decisive time hunt for the first 14 places, which meant the direct qualification for Q2.

Of these five drivers, only Masia and Foggia made it into the top 14. The rest, including Arbolino, have to compete in Q1 in the afternoon. Masia held fourth place in the overall classification with his Friday time.

Raul Fernandez (KTM) followed in fifth. World Championship leader Albert Arenas (KTM) secured sixth place. Foggia, Jeremy Alcoba (Honda), Andrea Migno (KTM) and Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) rounded off the top 10.

Ayumu Sasaki (KTM), Sergio Garcia (Honda), Barry Baltus (KTM) and Stefano Nepa (KTM) are also directly qualified for Q2. The Austrian Maximilian Kofler (KTM) finished 31st and last, 1.6 seconds behind.

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Several riders had crashes during this session. That was Baltus, Rodrigo, Riccardo Rossi (KTM), Sasaki, Filip Salac (Honda) and Migno. Rodrigo had two falls and was therefore only in 20th place.

Moto3 qualifying starts at 12:35 p.m.

The following are directly qualified for Q2:

Celestino Vietti (KTM)

Ai Ogura (Honda)

Romano Fenati (Huaqvarna)

Jaume Masia (Honda)

Raul Fernandez (KTM)

Albert Arenas (KTM)

Dennis Foggia (Honda)

Jeremy Alcoba (Honda)

Andrea Migno (KTM)

Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda)

Ayumu Sasaki (KTM)

Sergio Garcia (Honda)

Barry Baltus (KTM)

Stefano Nepa (KTM)

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