Alonso makes history to become first Colombian polesitter

The Colombian is on song in Austin and will start Sunday's race ahead of Rueda and Holgado on Sunday

Thanks to David Alonso (CFMOTO Valresa Aspar Team), Colombia have a debut Grand Prix pole position to celebrate as the #80 left it late to bag a first Saturday P1. Alonso launches ahead of Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo), who was just 0.017 adrift in P2, as Daniel Holgado (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) pounced late to earn a P3 starting slow for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

Leaving it late 

After topping Practice by 0.3s, Alonso was the rider to beat heading into qualifying. And so it proved in the early exchanges. Alonso sat P1 but Rueda then turned up the wick and put his #99 KTM on provisional pole, until Alonso responded to claim a debut pole position in Moto3™. Holgado was a big late mover too, the Championship leader bagged P3 on his last lap. 

Collin Veijer (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) will head the second row of the grid, with Joel Kelso (BOE Motorsports) keeping up his good qualifying record in 2024 to earn a P5. The Australian is joined on Row 2 by his compatriot Jacob Roulstone (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3), the rookie having a mega session to claim his best qualifying result of the season in P6. 

Matteo Bertelle (Rivacold Snipers Team) will begin Sunday’s race from seventh, however the Italian will need to complete three Long Lap penalties during the race after several rule breaks in Practice and qualifying. BOE Motorsports’ David Muñoz will start the race in P8, with Stefano Nepa (LEVELUP – MTA) and Taiyo Furusatio (Honda Team Asia) rounding out the top 10. Following a drama-filled weekend, including experiencing bike issues in qualifying, last year's Americas GP winner Ivan Ortola (MT Helmets – MSI) has to fight for a podium from P14. 

The Moto3™ field will line up on the grid at 11:00 local time (UTC -5) for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, so make sure you don’t miss any of the action on!

Top 10:

1 David Alonso (CFMOTO Valresa Aspar Team) 2:14.292
2 Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.017
3 Daniel Holgado (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3)  +0.195
4 Collin Veijer (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) +0.282
5 Joel Kelso (BOE Motorsports) +0.508
6 Jacob Roulstone (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) +0.577
7 Matteo Bertelle (Rivacold Snipers Team) +0.626
8 David Muñoz (BOE Motorsports) +0.723
9 Stefano Nepa (LEVELUP - MTA) +0.872
10 Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia) +0.900