Once again Honda dominated Moto3 qualifying, with NSF250RW riders taking the top five grid positions, led by the impressive Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who made it a Japanese one-two. This was Sasaki’s first-ever pole position and the first time a Japanese rider has taken pole in MotoGP’s smallest category since Youichi Ui qualified fastest at the 2003 African GP.
Last man on the front row is Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), with World Championship hopeful Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) leading the second row in fourth, just ahead of Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW).
Dalla Porta’s performance was the most important of the session, because it should allow the 22-year-old Italian to race with the front group tomorrow in his quest for the World Championship lead. He currently stands second overall, just seven points behind Aron Canet, who could do no better than 22nd fastest today.
The 15-minute session was typically frenetic, with pole position changing hands on multiple occasions. Many of the fastest riders were in the same group during their final run, so the timing monitor were a blur as positions changed in just a few seconds.
Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW), who is still hunting for a first podium of the year, will start from the third row, in front of John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).
Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) ended up in the middle of the fifth row, one row ahead of Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who did an excellent job after winning promotion from Q1.
Last Sunday’s Assen winner Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) had had a challenging two days at the Sachsenring. The 18-year-old Italian came very close to graduating from Q1 to Q2 but didn’t quite make it and will start from the seventh row.