Jorge Martin proves that he doesn’t need full fitness to deliver superb results as he scoops up yet another pole position.
Martin is still recovering from his unfortunate FP1 crash in Brno as his crew chief Massimo Capanna reported that the Spaniard is running on ‘65-70% fitness‘ but that did not stop him from delivering a blistering 1’41.823 to claim yet another pole position and another watch to gift to someone this Christmas.
Gabriel Rodrigo put his KTM powered machine into second for tomorrow. The Argentinian took pole early on with 30 minutes of the session remaining but, almost immediately, he took a tumble at turn one as the bike slipped out from underneath him and into the gravel. Luckily, in a sense, the bike sustained very little damage but only because Rodrigo’s leg cushioned the blow.
Aron Canet inherited a third-place start after Jakub Kornfeil was penalised for exceeding track limits at turn 16. The Czech rider had qualified in second position but was knocked back into ninth as his lap time was removed.
Fabio Di Giannantoni heads up an all Italian second row. The lanky Italian who took his first win in Brno put his Del Conca Gresini bike into fourth position ahead of Enea Bastianini in fifth and current championship leader Marco Bezzecchi in sixth. Bezzecchi took early pole before it was snatched away by Rodrigo’s scorching lap. VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega will start from the third row in seventh but he began his qualifying session in tandem with his countrymen and fellow academy riders Bezzecchi and Dennis Foggia. The trio danced around track, making use of each other to find their fastest lap times before they parted ways. Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who has just re-signed with Leopard Racing, will start in eighth position ahead of Kornfeil in ninth.
The fourth row will be headed up by Ayumua Sasaki who put his Honda-powered Petronas Sprinta Racing bike into 10th. The Japanese rider will be hoping he can find some consistency in qualifying in the future as his current qualifying places range from a superb third position all the way to a dreadful 27th. Jaume Masia lines up in 11th position. The Spaniard was unable to get much of a feel for the track yesterday after multiple mechanical issues meant all the sensors in the bike had to be changed before FP3. Italian Tony Arbolino rounds out the fourth row in 12th.
Angel Nieto Team rider Albert Arenas starts tomorrow’s race in 13th ahead of Adam Norrodin in 14th and homeboy Niccolò Antonelli in 15th. Japanese riders Tatsuki Suzuki and Kaito Toba in 16th and 17th respectively ahead of wildcard entry Kevin Zannoni who put in a 1’43.282 to place in 18th.
Andrea Migno’s dismal season continues with another low placement as he will start in 19th ahead of rookie Dennis Foggia in 20th and Marcos Ramirez who could only manage 21st place. Kazuki Masaki lines up in 22nd as Darryn Binder was unable to find any real pace and took 23rd. Philipp Oettl qualified in 24th but, after a spectacular high-side crash, the German has been declared unfit for tomorrow’s race. The German was seen limping away from his crash at turn two and was reportedly said he ‘couldn’t remember anything‘.
John McPhee had issues early on as he lost the rear of his KTM machine and knocked the bike off causing him to stop on track. The Scottish rider was unable to make any real headway in the session and will begin in 25th. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat starts in 26th alongside Vincete Perez in 27th. The second Italian wildcard Yari Montella lines up in 28th ahead of Stefano Nepa in 29th and Alonso Lopez who had a shocker of a session in 30th and last place.
No Italians in sight on the first row but a full house on the second as well as an Italian duo on the third row, tomorrow’s race start could be a fiery one as the five countrymen try to do their home crowd proud.
Will the Italian national anthem ring out from the Moto3 podium or will Martin upset the apple cart?
Full results here.