LaGlisse Academy rider Jeremy Alcoba took pole position for the first race of the Moto3 JWC season. At a wet and windy Estoril circuit the Spanish rider squeezed out Deniz Öncü who had to settle for the middle of the front row. Completing row one will be the number 99 of Carlos Tatay.

First Qualifying Estoril 2019

The rain had fallen during the Moto2 qualifying session, that took place just before the Moto3 JWC riders went out. Although the sun shone throughout this session it was still only 13 degrees on the track and the surface was wet.

It didn’t seem to bother Deniz Öncü very much as he ended qualifying practice one on top. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider clocked 1:57.107 putting him 0.468 seconds ahead of nearest rival Carlos Tatay of the Fundación Andreas Perez 77 team.

Third quickest in morning qualifying was Jose Garcia (FAU55 El Señor de la Bolsa) with a lap time of 1:57.916 placing him just over eight tenths behind Öncü.Following these three KTMs was Max Cook. He was the fastest Honda finishing just 0.088 outside the top three. In fifteenth was Victor Rldriguez on the Husqvarna with a 1:58.994. FPW Racing rider Brandon Paasch ended the session with the 22nd best time, a 1:59.786.

Second Qualifying Estoril 2019

There was a heavy shower at the beginning of the Moto2 session that preceded this. The rain then kept off and the track did begin to dry although it was still cold with temperatures around 14 degrees.

Carlos Tatay and Deniz Öncü were battling for pole position for the early part of the session. Jose Garcia then joined in before Öncü put himself over a second out front with 15 minutes remaining. As the track continued to dry the confidence of the riders was clearly improving. Lap after lap the fastest times came down. Barry Baltus had a spell in top spot moving 0.27 seconds ahead of Jose Garcia who had edged Öncü out.

With ten minutes to go Öncü was in the pits. Then Garcia, Baltus and Carlos Tatay all had a spell at the top of the time sheet. The Astra Honda Racing Team rider Mario Suryo Aji then appeared from nowhere in second place, with five minutes remaining. Also at this time, Deniz Öncü returned to the track. He quickly took provisional pole with a 1:48.386. After being briefly dislodged he set a 1:47.613 to regain first place. However, coming through towards the end of the session it was Laglisse Academy rider Jeremy Alcoba that took pole position as the flag came out. He ended with a 1:47.214 beating Öncü by 0.058 seconds.

Max Cook (British Talent Team) had been running as high as fifth but had to settle for a very respectable 11th after a late pit stop in the session didn’t bring him the reward he would have hoped for, in his first race in this category. FPW Racing rider Brandon Paasch qualified 25th whilst Victor Rodriguez, the current Hel Performance British Motostar standard class champion was 29th.

Moto3 JWC Qualifying Estoril 2019

1Jeremy Alcoba1:47.214
2Deniz Öncü1:47.2720.058
3Carlos Tatay1:47.6120.358
13Max Cook1:48.730
25Brandon Paasch1:50.735
29Victor Rodriguez1:51.406