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Antonelli: “Staying in the group helped me”

Antonelli: “Staying in the group helped me”

A flying final lap saw Niccolo Antonelli take his fourth career pole position, his first in Le Mans.

The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France got off to a difficult start for Niccolo Antonelli who fell during Free Practice 2 at Turn 7. Luckily the Italian was unharmed and his Ongetta-Rivacold crew did a fantastic job to have his bike back in perfect working order for Saturday. Qualifying was not the easiest session for Antonelli, the Italian having trouble finding clean track but kept pushing till the end. His final time was 1’42.756, enough to take pole position by 0.067s. From his three previous poles, Antonelli has won once and never finished outside the top ten. Since winning in Qatar he has only once finished in the points, with a tenth in Argentina.

Niccolo Antonelli: “I am happy of this pole position, for me, my team and the VR46 Academy. I have to thank my mechanics for the job done as, honestly, we had a good feeling even yesterday but then I did I mistake which compromised the result of the free practices. Today it was history. At the end of the session there was lot of wind and we were a lot of riders together, all fast and all close. Staying in the group helped me as I succeeded in passing from the fifth position directly to the pole. Tomorrow it will be a great fight but we will do the maximum to stay ahead.”

Tags:
Moto3, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, QP, Niccolò Antonelli, Ongetta-Rivacold

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