Aron Canet to start season finale from fifth, Alonso Lopez from eleventh
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez were out on track on Saturday at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the third Free Practice sessions and qualifying for the Valencia GP. Unlike on Friday, the day began without rain and with the sun shining during FP3, although qualifying took place on a predominantly wet surface.
Aron Canet had suffered two crashes on Friday, but was still motivated for FP3. He clocked the eighteenth best time in the session, and in the afternoon he continued adjusting his setup, making progress on the timesheets and going amongst the frontrunners in the final minutes. His 1:47.431 lap time will allow him to start from fifth on the grid for the final race of the season.
Alonso Lopez was Friday’s fastest rider, and he was also quick on Saturday morning up until a crash midway through FP3 at Turn 4. Having found the limit, he went back out and placed sixth. In the qualifying session he was strong in the first few minutes, subsequently lowering his fastest time again. However, he had another crash in the closing minutes of the session, precisely when his rivals began to up their pace. He would set a further lap of 1:47.896 to place eleventh.
The Moto3 riders will have a warmup on Sunday at 8:40am local time, with the race scheduled for 11:00am.
5th, 1: 47.431, + 0.658, 31 laps, 124 km
“I’ve been suffering crashes the whole weekend. In FP3 the grip was quite precarious, I didn’t have enough confidence and I had another big scare at Turn 12, which worsened the situation. I didn’t go out too confident in qualifying, but in the end it dried up a lot and I was able to ride more strongly. I was fighting for pole, but I finally placed fifth. Even so, I think that in Sunday’s race I can be up at the front. I will try to ride with confidence, since it seems that it will rain again.”
11th, 1: 47,896, + 1,123, 27 laps, 108 km
“I would say that my feeling throughout the weekend has been unbeatable. We have a very fast pace and, despite the crashes, I remain fully confident. Qualifying was a bit chaotic. I felt very comfortable on the track, but I had a crash on my second stint, as I lost the front. I feel good about the race, as it seems that it is going to rain again. My goal is to continue learning and not get overconfident.”