Austin Moto3: Suzuki ends as top Mahindra rider in rain-affected qualifying

CIP's Tatsuki Suzuki was the top Mahindra rider in the Austin Moto3 qualifying on Saturday, in a rain-interrupted session.

The Japanese rider made the most of the first 20 minutes of the session, before it started raining at the Circuit of Americas.

Suzuki lapped in a 2m20.449s to slot himself at 13th, the highest Mahindra-powered rider, with sister brand Peugeot rider Alexis Masbou at 15th.

The CIP rider had a difficult practice finishing 26th in the first two sessions while 25th in the final to start the weekend but found a rhythm for a fifth row start for the race.

Masbou's teammate John McPhee was 17th, just ahead of the Aspar-Mahindra factory rider Francesco Bagnaia.

The changing conditions caught many riders including the Italian, who showed a better pace in dry conditions finishing 13th, eighth and 19th in the three practice session.

Platinum Bay's Karel Hanika finished behind Bagnaia at 19th, before suffering a fall during the session, just when rain started to trickle down.

The other Aspar of Jorge Martin was 20th, the Spaniard, prior to the rain interruption was running inside the top 10 but didn't have enough time to improve.

Martin, along with teammate Bagnaia also had a better traction in practice finishing 16th in the first two sessions while 22nd in the final.

Team Italia's Lorenzo Petrarca was 25th ahead of Platinum Bay's Darryn Binder with Stefano Valtulini (Team Italia) 28th and Fabio Spiranelli (CIP) 33rd.

Mahindra riders qualifying results:

Pos

Rider

Team

Time

13

 Tatsuki Suzuki

CIP

2m20s449

15

 Alexis Masbou

Peugeot

2m20s773

17

 John McPhee

Peugeot

2m21s159

18

 Francesco Bagnaia

Aspar Mahindra

2m21s309

19

 Karel Hanika

Platinum Bay

2m21s379

20

 Jorge Martin

Aspar Mahindra

2m21s486

25

 Lorenzo Patraca

Team Italia

2m22s794

26

 Darryn Binder

Platinum Bay

2m23s097

28

 Stefano Valtulini

Team Italia

2m23s495

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 Fabio Spiranelli

CIP

2m31s357

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Series Moto3
Drivers Tatsuki Suzuki , Francesco Bagnaia , Jorge Martin , Darryn Binder , Karel Hanika , Alexis Masbou , John McPhee , Livio Selva , Fabio Spiranelli , Stefano Valtulini
Teams Aspar Racing Team , Mahindra Racing , CIP , Team Italia FMI
Article type Qualifying report