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Bastianini cruises to easy pole in Aragon

Enea Bastianini has cruised to his second pole position of the 2016 season at MotorLand Aragon after the Italian put in a 1:58,293 to finish two tenths ahead championship challenger Jorge Navarro. Livio Loi completed the front row with a shock third place but must face a 3-place grid penalty so the Belgian will actually start from P6 on the grid.

Bastianini, who has really been coming into form since the summer break, racking up three podiums and two top tens since the German Grand Prix. The Gresini Racing rider set his blistering lap time with a long 15 minutes left to go but with many of the riders hanging around the track looking for tows, the Italians time was never really troubled with Navarro the only rider coming close to snatching back pole but even at that the Spaniard was still two tenths off, but both riders will be very confident of their race pace tomorrow and both will be looking to stop Brad Binder from clinching the World Championship title this weekend.

Livio Loi, who had a frustrating season to date, only finishing in the top ten twice this season will be very happy with his temporary third place qualifying but unfortunately the RW Racing rider will be struck with a three place grid penalty subsequently starting the Belgian rider from P6 on the grid.

Gabriel Rodrigo put in a fantastic qualifying session putting his RBA KTM bike p4 on the grid but just like Loi the Argentinian was struck with a four place grid penalty and will start from P8 on the grid but with Rodrigo being noted for his amazing starts the nineteen year old can easily make his way to the front early on. Aron Canet will be the big winner  once the penalties are applied as he will start his home Grand Prix from P5 provisionally but will be P3 on the grid tomorrow  and will be very hopeful of snatching a podium.

Philipp Oettl will be another rider to benefit from the grid penalties after the confident German put in a storming qualifying session to qualify provisionally P6 but will actually start from P4 on the grid. Championship Leader Brad Binder had his final lap ruined and will start from P7 after he was forced off track coming into turn one due to the amount of traffic ahead of him but the South African will be quietly confident of clinching the Moto3 crown on Sunday.

Fabio Quartararo, who was constantly towards the time sheets throughout free practice put in a disappointing session qualifying in P8 but having won here before with the CEV championship he will be confident in getting a podium. Honda Team Asia rider Hiroki Ono was ninth quickest in a solid top ten performance, with that top ten completed by Dutch rookie Bo Bendsneyder for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

The Moto3 race starts at 11:00 local time with Brad Binder looking to claim glory but he will be made work for it in what will be another classic.





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