The Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 and Avintia VR46 Academy completed the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas qualifying at the COTA circuit.
Niccolò Antonelli made it straight into Q2. After the qualifying session, the VR46 Academy rider will start from the 5th row of the grid, taking 13th position with a time of 2:16.701.
Carlos Tatay, who had to go through Q1, will start the race from 19th position. The Valencian rider suffered a crash during qualifying that caused some damage to the bike, which the team was able to fix with in record time. With only one attempt, Tatay was only 28 thousandths of a second away from go through the cut.
Tomorrow at 18:00 (CET+2), Antonelli and Tatay will contest the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas race, where they will try to cross the finish line in a good position.
Niccolò Antonelli | 2'16.701 | P13
“Today went quite well. In qualifying we couldn’t close a good lap, but we managed to make a step forward. The most important day is tomorrow, we don’t start in a good position, but we’ll be looking to put in a good performance and recover positions.”
Carlos Tatay | 2'18.053 | P19
“Overall, a difficult day. Qualifying didn’t go as we expected. After the crash I only had one attempt, I tried my best, but after the crash everything wasn’t in place. Tomorrow is the race and we will work in the warm up to try to keep evolving. I want to thank the team for the work they did after the crash and for getting the bike ready for me so quickly.”