The Italian Tony Arbolino (Honda) achieved a new absolute record in the category and the first pole position of the 2020 season by being the fastest in the official classification for the Grand Prix of Cataloniato of Moto3 in the Barcelona circuit.
Arbolino set a new record for the smallest of the categories of 1: 47.762, the only rider who rolled in that second since second place went to Raúl Fernández (KTM), with a time of 1: 48.380 to more than six tenths second of the transalpine.
World Championship leader Albert Arenas (KTM) will start from fourth place, with Jaume Masiá (Honda) fifth, Sergio García (Estrella Galicia 0’0 Honda), tenth; Jeremy Alcoba (Honda), fourteenth, and Alonso García (Husqvarna), sixteenth.
The main surprise of the category was to see the first three classified in the world championship, the Spanish Albert Arenas (KTM), the Japanese Ai Ogura (Honda) and the British John McPhee (Honda) who had to contest the first classification.
And, not only that, but in that first classification they passed them “canutas” to get the pass to the second and thus achieve a good position in the starting lineup, something that both the Spanish and the English practically achieved on the checkered flag, but not the Japanese, who stayed out and will start from a delayed twenty-fourth place.
In the end, the pass to the second classification was achieved by the Spanish Alonso López (Husqvarna), the Italian Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) and John McPhee and Albert Arenas, and they were left out by José Julián García (Honda), who will start nineteenth, Carlos Tatay (KTM), who crashed at turn five, which will come out twenty-first.
Raúl Fernández (KTM) was the first to establish references for the second Moto3 classification by riding at 1: 48.611, ahead of Albert Arenas and Darryn Binder, which together with good weather and the gradual increase in temperatures heralded the certain possibility to beat the absolute record of the track held since last year by Arón Canet (KTM) in 1: 46.433.
Fernández was beaten by Italian Tony Arbolino (Honda), who scored 1: 48.566 when there were still more than eight minutes of official training left, while in his official “tweet” the Petronas team, in which Jaume Masiá is, also announced the arrival of the Spanish Xavier Artigas to replace Masiá, who is joining the KTM team of the Finnish Aki Ajo, and the continuity of the Italian Dennis Foggia.
Masiá did not get a fastest lap in qualifying until the last lap of practice, on his only fastest lap, in which he placed fifth, just behind the world leader, Albert Arenas.
The final minutes “unleashed” the fury of almost all the pilots and in particular a true specialist in fast laps such as the Spanish Raúl Fernández, who alone broke Canet’s absolute record by completing the lap of the Catalan track in 1: 48.380, although a lap later the Madrid native crashed into the ground. curve fourteen.
Ahead of him, the Italian Tony Arbolino regained the top position and set a new record in the category with 1: 47.762, being ahead of Raúl Fernández and the Argentine Hispanic Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda), while the world championship leader significantly improved his situation to start from the second row with the fourth best time, while his rival more direct, Ai Ogura, will have to start from the eighth line.