Brad Binder has secured his fourth pole of the season in qualifying for the Moto3 San Marino grand prix in a session marred by multiple lap cancellations and crashes. Enea Bastianini qualified in second position with fellow Italian Nicolo Bulega completing the front row.
Binder, who was consistently towards the top of the timesheets throughout the free practice sessions replicated this form in qualifying putting in consistent fast laps comfortably keeping him in the top 3 for most of the session. It wasn’t until the final minute of session when the South African pulled the pin and was 4 tenths up on the current pole holder Bulega in the second sector but disaster nearly struck when the Red Bull KTM Ajo met a group of slow riders coming towards the end of the lap which cost him 3 tenths of a second in the final sector alone but he had enough to take a fantastic pole and break the pole record held by Enea Bastianini which was set in 2015.
Bastianini, who also was consistently towards the top of the timesheets throughout the session, left his best lap for the final minute by finding his way behind Binder but was unable to take advantage of the South Africans quick pace, putting himself in the middle of the front row.
Nicolo Bulega of The Sky Racing Team VR46 produced an impressive performance to shoot up the time screens and for a few minutes had provisional pole but dropped to third by the end of the session. The Young rookie however will be happy with this performance considering his teammates Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Andrea Migno qualified P17 and P22 respectively.
Jakub Kornfeil had a fantastic session to qualify in P4 and could be a big contender for the race if you consider his pace from the earlier free practice sessions. World Championship contender Jorge Navarro put in solid qualifying session to round out the top five, with Spanish teammate Arron Canet completing the second row. Philipp Oettl qualified in P7 with Hiroki Ono, Juanfran Guevara and local rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio completing the top 10.
The Moto3 race begins early tomorrow morning at 10:00 BST and were surely in for another classic.
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