Can Binder make it three in a row or will Fenati step up to the plate at home?
The Gran Premio d'Italia TIM begins at 11:00 Local Time and will last 20-laps.
- Romano Fenati starts from pole for the only the third time in his grand prix career and for the first time at any of the European circuits. This is the first time that an Italian rider has been on pole at Mugello in the lightweight-class of grand prix racing since 2008 when Raffaele de Rosa was on pole.
- The rider starting on pole has not won in the Moto3™ class for the last ten races. The last time a rider starting a Moto3™ race from pole won the race was Enea Bastianini at Misano last year.
- In second place on the grid is Andrea Migno, his first front row start and a great improvement on his previous best qualifying result which was 13th place on the grid.
- The last time that Italian riders have taken the top two places on the grid for a lightweight-class GP in Italy was in 2000 at Mugello when Roberto Locatelli was on pole for the 125cc race and Simone Sanna was the second fastest qualifier.
- In third place on the grid is Khairul Idham Pawi – his first front row start in his rookie season in grand prix racing. He is only the second Malaysian rider to start a grand prix race from the front row – the other was Zulfahmi Khairuddin.
- Heading the second row is championship leader Brad Binder. Having won at both Jerez and Le Mans Binder could become the first rider from South Africa to win three or more successive races since Kork Ballington in 1979 in the 250cc class.
- In fifth place on the grid is Jorge Navarro – his worst qualifying position so far in 2016. Navarro has finished on the podium seven times in the last ten races.