Francesco Bagnaia has taken his first ever Moto3 world championship pole position after a dominant performance in what were very treacherous conditions at the Silverstone Circuit. Enea Bastianini who slowly got the feeling off the track as the session went on qualified in 2nd ahead of Dutch rookie Bo Bendsneyder who finished the session strongly in third.
Bagnaia, who was consistently towards the top of the time sheets throughout the 40 minute session put in his pole lap with 10 minutes to go just as the conditions worsened and made the track conditions to difficult to go any faster. This is the Italians first ever pole position and it continues his fantastic run of form this season after winning his first ever Moto3 race in Assen. The Aspar rider will be very confident for the race tomorrow as his pace was just as strong in the dry as it was in the wet.
Enea Bastianini will start from 2nd position on the grid after a very strong showing in the wet conditions. Bastianini who has shown very solid dry pace but has been in the shadow of his teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio who was going very strong in the dry free practices, but Bastianini showed his experience to put his Honda in the middle of the front row.
Dutch rookie Bo Bendsneyder who has had a relatively quiet showed how strong he is in tricky conditions to qualify in third but unfortunately the Dutchman will not start Sundays race on the front row due to a five place grid penalty imposed on him by the stewards, however he should not be discounted for the race tomorrow especially if the same conditions arise.
Niccolo Antonelli starts on the front of the second row in 4th despite a late crash towards the end of the session. Championship leader Brad Binder put in a solid qualifying session to put himself in the middle of the second row in 5th, with Austrian GP winner Joan Mir rounding out the second row in sixth position. Jules Danilo, Jorge Martin who was leading for most of the session qualified 7th and 8th with Sky Racing Team VR46 rookie Nicolo Bulega qualifying 9th. Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who comes into the MotoGP™ paddock full time for the first time in Silverstone, put in an impressive performance to complete the top ten.
Championship challenger and early pacesetter Jorge Navarro looked set for a good qualifying position until he fell foul to the conditions and was unable to restart his bike resulting in him qualifying 18th leaving him with a lot of work to do for the race tomorrow.
The Moto3 race begins at 12:30 local time (GMT+1) on Sunday and we will be hoping for another modern classic.
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