Austin Moto3: Oettl tops rain-affected qualifying

Schedl GP Racing rider Philipp Oettl claimed his maiden pole position in Moto3, taking advantage of rain impeding his rivals in qualifying at COTA.

Oettl, contesting his fourth full season in Moto3, posted the benchmark in the opening minutes of the session and could subsequently sit back and relax as raindrops did the rest of the job.

With damp patches on the track surface at the start of the session after rain had arrived late during Moto2 practice, a number riders opted to do their recon laps on wets.

But the track was more than good enough for the dry compound right away, Oettl setting the early pace on slicks.

The German continued to gradually improve with each lap, holding on to the top spot by halfway into the session, at which point the rain suddenly returned.

As the rain flags made their appearance, Estrella Galicia's practice pacesetter Jorge Navarro was among the last riders to improve, moving to within six tenths of Oettl and just 0.011s ahead of fellow Honda rider Enea Bastianini.

Just as quickly as the rain arrived, it was gone again.

With 10 minutes to go, riders began to head back out on slicks en masse but improvements were few and far between, with nobody coming even close to matching Oettl's existing benchmark.

As such, it would be a Oettl - Navarro - Bastianini front row, with Drive M7 SIC teammates Jakub Kornfeil and Adam Norrodin in fourth and sixth, split on the second row by Romano Fenati.

Andrea Locatelli was seventh, ahead of Jules Danilo, Friday pacesetter Fabio Quartararo and Livio Loi.

The two crashes of the session were Karel Hanika and Stefan Valtulini, the duo caught out by the arrival of rain mid-session.

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 Philipp Oettl Schedl GP Racing KTM RC 250 GP 2:18.398
2 SpainJorge Navarro Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW 2:18.985
3 ItalyEnea Bastianini Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW 2:18.996
4 Czech RepublicJakub Kornfeil Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 2:19.068
5 ItalyRomano Fenati SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 2:19.135
6 MalaysiaAdam Norrodin Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 2:19.469
7 ItalyAndrea Locatelli Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 2:19.708
8 FranceJules Danilo Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 2:19.790
9 FranceFabio Quartararo Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 2:20.118
10 BelgiumLivio Loi RW Racing GP BV Honda NSF250RW 2:20.230
11 ItalyNicolo Bulega SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 2:20.444
12 South AfricaBrad Binder Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 2:20.456
13 JapanTatsuki Suzuki CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 2:20.499
14 SpainJuan Francisco Guevara RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 2:20.649
15 FranceAlexis Masbou Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 2:20.773
16 JapanHiroki Ono Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 2:21.151
17 United KingdomJohn McPhee Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 2:21.159
18 ItalyFrancesco Bagnaia ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 2:21.309
19 Czech RepublicKarel Hanika Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 2:21.379
20 SpainJorge Martin ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 2:21.486
21 ItalyAndrea Migno SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 2:21.957
22 SpainAron Canet Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW 2:22.232
23 NetherlandsBo Bendsneyder Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 2:22.251
24 SpainGabriel Rodrigo RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 2:22.687
25 ItalyLorenzo Petrarca 3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 2:22.794
26 South AfricaDarryn Binder Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 2:23.097
27 SpainMaria Herrera Team Laglisse KTM RC 250 GP 2:23.461
28 ItalyStefano Valtulini 3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 2:23.495
29 SpainJoan Mir Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 2:23.578
30 ItalyNiccolo Antonelli Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 2:24.379
31 ItalyFabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW 2:24.477
32 MalaysiaKhairul Idham Pawi Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 2:24.640
33 ItalyFabio Spiranelli CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 2:31.357

 

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Series Moto3
Event Austin
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Philipp Ottl
Article type Qualifying report