(Motorinformed.com) – In perfect conditions, Deniz Öncü (KTM) set the fastest time in the third Moto3 training session at the season finale in Valencia. World champion Pedro Acosta (KTM) and vice world champion Dennis Foggia (Honda) are also directly qualified for Q2.
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After two races, Deniz Öncü is back at the season finale
The weather showed its better side on Saturday morning than on Friday. It was cloudy and cool, with an air temperature of 14 degrees Celsius, but the track was dry. No rain is forecast for the rest of the day.
The drivers used the time extensively to do many laps. It didn’t start well for Andi Farid Izdihar, who crashed in Turn 2. He then held his left wrist as he trudged through the gravel bed towards the guardrail.
In the final minutes there was a time hunt for the first 14 places, which mean the direct qualification for Q2. Shortly before the time was up, Joel Kelso (KTM) fell and caused the yellow flags in Sector 1. Kelso will also replace Maximilian Kofler in the CIP team this weekend.
In the end, three KTM riders topped the timesheet. Öncü was 0.099 seconds faster than Acosta with 1: 39.256 minutes. Kelso was able to put himself in third place before the fall.
Andrea Migno was the best Honda rider in fourth. They were followed by Carlos Tatay (KTM), Foggia, Izan Guevara (GasGas) and Stefano Nepa (KTM). Darryn Binder (Honda) secured ninth place with his Friday time and a place in Q2.
Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) completed the top 10. The last places for Q2 went to Romano Fenati (Husqvarna), Filip Salac (KTM), John McPhee (Honda) and Jeremy Alcoba (Honda).
The Moto3 qauliyfing starts at 12:35 p.m.
The following are directly qualified for Q2:
Deniz Öncü (KTM)
Pedro Acosta (KTM)
Joel Kelso (KTM)
Andrea Migno (Honda)
Carlos Tatay (KTM)
Dennis Foggia (Honda)
Izan Guevara (GasGas)
Stefano Nepa (KTM)
Darryn Binder (Honda)
Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda)
Romano Fenati (Husqvarna)
Filip Salac (KTM)
John McPhee (Honda)
Jeremy Alcoba (Honda)