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Viñales secures last-gasp pole position for Italian GP

Viñales secures last-gasp pole position for Italian GP

It was Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales who came out best in a hard-fought qualifying session at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM to take pole position ahead of Sandro Cortese and Alex Rins.

Just as it had looked as if Red Bull KTM Ajo’s championship leader Cortese was going to take pole position, Viñales put in a stunning lap in heavy traffic in the final seconds to set a best time of 1.57’980 and start from the front tomorrow. Cortese was over four tenths down, yet still a further four tenths in front of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins, who completes the front row after his best session this weekend so far.

Heading up row two is JHK Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez, who cleverly used a slip-steam to power into fourth, ousting Cortese’s teammate Danny Kent into fifth. Kent had been the main challenger to Viñales throughout the practice sessions, yet was not quite able to replicate that form in the afternoon. Completing the row in sixth is the highest Italian qualifier in the form of San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolò Antonelli. Antonelli, who had been one of the fastest riders this morning, will be hoping to get a good start tomorrow in front of his home crow.

AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin starts in seventh, ahead of Team Italia FMI’s other local favourite Romano Fenati. Fenati, who had also been fast in the morning session, will no doubt be slightly disappointed with qualifying, yet confident of a good race tomorrow. RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Héctor Faubel complete the top ten.

Moto FGR’s Jasper Iwema crashed towards the end of the session injuring his right leg, whilst Andalucia JHK Laglisse’s Ivan Moreno suffered a heavy crash at the end of the session going into turn one. He was immediately taken to the Clinica Mobile to undergo checks.


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