Ángel Piqueras takes maiden Moto3 pole position at Assen

Saturday is done and dusted at Assen as Ángel Piqueras takes his first-ever pole position in the lightweight class, while teammate Adrián Fernández will start from 8th on the grid tomorrow:

  • Sunny skies welcomed us this morning for Practice 2 at the Dutch Grand Prix.
  • Both Le0pard riders took to the track focused on securing their Q2 seats, which they both achieved.
  • As the lap times started to improve, Ángel Piqueras set his fastest time of the weekend up to that moment, a 1’39.777 with which he sat 2nd on the combined. Adrián Fernández was 9th on the combined after lowering his mark to a 1’40.050, showing a solid pace throughout Practice 2.
  • The afternoon came with Q2, where both Spaniards pushed from the very beginning.
  • Improving progressively, rookie Ángel Piqueras left it to a last flying lap to storm the timesheets with a time of 1’39.746, taking top spot and claiming his first pole position in Moto3.
  • Adrián Fernández, for his part, will start tomorrow’s race from the 8th spot on the grid in the third row after setting a time of 1’40.254. The Spaniard aimed to improve further, but a crash on his last run prevented him from doing so. 
  • The most important day of the weekend awaits!
“I went out on track for Q2 thinking I was the fastest, because if you don’t believe it yourself, you’re not going to make it happen. It’s amazing to have achieved my first pole position in the class, but the most important day is still ahead of us. If I feel comfortable with the bike, as I have so far, I’m confident we can be there tomorrow. I’m really happy with the work we are doing!”
Ángel Piqueras
“First of all, I would like to thank the team for their work. It’s such a pity that I crashed in qualifying today, because the feeling has been great so far, and I was confident we could’ve secured a front row seat. It’s not the starting position I was hoping for this weekend, but it’s not a bad one either. I’ll try my best tomorrow to be in the fight!”
Adrián Fernández
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