The Rivacold Snipers rider, who was already on pole this season in Portimao, rose to the top after changing conditions played their part in Moto3 qualifying, the Q2 session initially rated as dry before the rain almost fell. immediately towards the end of Le Mans. circuit.
With almost half of the track wet and the other half dry, the Honda rider saw his bet pay off, being able to push harder in the dry, while remaining careful in the wet parts of the circuit, he has topped the timesheets by more than two seconds with a best of 1m 47.407s.
Riccardo Rossi took a second surprise. BOE rider Owlride KTM had an early collision with Niccolo Antonelli, but this gave him the opportunity to change his tires as well, allowing him to claim second from the right at the end of the session, 2.001s slower but with a time which briefly held the best corner. This is the best Italian qualifying performance to date.
The last place in the front row went to Jaume Masia thanks to his last lap for Red Bull KTM Ajo.
John McPhee entered the session with the best wet performance under his belt after dominating FP1, briefly leading the way until he was brought down to fourth place for Petronas Sprinta Racing.
Gabriel Rodrigo set the best time on Friday after leading the dry FP2 session. He showed enough prowess in the rainy weather to take fifth place for Gresini.
Antonelli returned to the track to move up to sixth place for Avintia Esponsorama, with his time passing Filip Salac, who was the best of the riders to cross Q1 after shading Pedro Acosta on his way to seventh, recovering on his own fall in Q2 on the second entrance to Rivacold Snipers.
Sergio Garcia was GasGas’ best rider in eighth position for Gaviota Aspar, just ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki, who had finished Q1 with the fastest time en route to ninth place for the SIC 58 Squadra Corse team.
Experienced Romano Fenati pushed his Husqvarna to complete the Sterilgarda Max Racing top 10.
Ayumu Sasaki was left in 15th place after his crash at Turn Ten limited his time on the track.
Jeremy Alcoba and Dennis Foggia did not take advantage of their stint from Q1 – they will line up 17th and 18th respectively.
Championship leader Pedro Acosta has found himself in Q1 for the first time this season. The Red Bull KTM rider gave a lot of entertainment in his first qualifying appearance at Le Mans, followed by all after exiting the pits first, then making an incredible save on a fast lap thanks to his super-fast reactions .
The rookie, who is no stranger to recovering from bad qualifying positions, will have to redo everything after his last round saw him used for a wake and poorly positioned on the track. His seventh in the session translates to 21st on the grid.
CIP Green Power’s Kaito Toba led for much of the first half of qualifying, but was fifth (19th overall) when the clock ticked to zero.
Lorenzo Fellon is the only French rider in the Moto3 category. The SIC 58 Squadra Corse driver starts his Grand Prix at home from the 27th.
Wildcard Takuma Matsuyama crashed just after exiting the Q1 checkered flag. He had done enough before the fall of the 26th.
Xavi Artigas went to the hospital instead of qualifying for further checks of his left hand and a head scan after his FP3 fall.