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Fenati takes maiden Moto3™ pole

Fenati takes maiden Moto3™ pole

Romano Fenati took his career first pole position after setting a new lap record at Motegi ahead of Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini.

Sky Racing Team VR46’s Fenati set a 1’56.484 in the much cooler conditions (27˚C) of Saturday afternoon at an overcast Twin Ring Motegi. The Italian broke Danny Kent’s 2014 Pole Record (1’56.555) in the process despite crashing late on in the session at turn 5.

The grid was revised after Qualifying as a number of penalties were handing out by Race Direction for riding slowly on the racing line in FP3 and Qualifying. This means that Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli (+0.403s) will line up in second despite qualifying 4th on the timesheets and even though he crashed out of the session at turn 5 in the dying moments. It is Antonelli’s fourth front row start of the season, but first since his pole at Brno.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Enea Bastianini (+0.443s) completes the front row in third ahead of the man leading the standings, Danny Kent (+0.514s) on the Leopard Racing Honda in fourth. Both men launched successful appeals after also originally receiving a 3-place grid penalty for riding slowly on the racing line in FP3 and therefore escaped any punishment.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira (+0.173s) will start from fifth after receiving a 3-place penalty during Qualifying after originally setting a time good enough for second. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Jorge Navarro (+0.236s) was also hit with such a penalty, relegating him from third to sixth.

Isaac Viñales (RBA Racing Team), Livio Loi (RW Racing GP), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra) completed the top ten.

Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) will start from 11th after qualifying in 8th, but receiving a three-place grid penalty for riding slowly on the racing line in FP3, along with Alexis Masbou who will start from 22nd.

Scotsman John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) could only qualify in 24th position, while Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) on his return from injury will start in 29th.

Check out the full Moto3™ Qualifying results; the 20-lap race kicks off at 11:00am local time in Motegi On Sunday.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, QP, Miguel Oliveira, Jorge Navarro, Romano Fenati, SKY Racing Team VR46

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