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23 days ago
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Martin masters mad-dash qualifying for Silverstone pole

The rain fell midway through the session but it soon cleared to setup a three-minute fight for pole in Moto3™

Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) continues to defy the odds after taking pole position at the GoPro British Grand Prix as he continues to recover from a broken wrist, coming back out with three minutes remaining to win the mad three-minute dash to pole, with Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) just 0.001 behind in second and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) a further 0.020 behind in third.

It was Martin’s teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio who sat on provisional pole as a shower sprinkled the Silverstone surface with 20 minutes of the session to go. However, the sun soon re-appeared just in time to give the lightweight class enough time to get two more flying laps in. Fourth place Albert Arenas (Angel Nieto Team Moto3) joined Martin, Masia and Dalla Porta in leapfrogging ‘Diggia’ at the end, the Italian eventually settling for fifth.

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) will line up sixth on the grid, with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Skull Rider) slipping to seventh after sitting P2 before the riders came back out on track – the Argentine will be ruing his late crash at Turn 11 while on a personal best lap, he went to the medical centre for a checkup. Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing) will launch from P8 on the grid as the Italian threatened the front row on his final run, with Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) grabbing ninth and Marcos Ramirez (Bester Capital Dubai) rounding out the top ten.

Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PrustelGP) was tucked in behind Martin on the final flying lap, but he crashed at Turn 9 to end his hopes of a British GP pole – P11 for the Italian.

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British GP: Moto3™ fight for the front row

Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) will start 12th, the Italian was caught up in a scary looking collision near the entrance to pitlane with 15th place Adam Norrodin (Petronas Sprinta Racing) as the rain started to fall – riders ok. 13th place Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) missed the opportunity to improve his time after heading out on a pair of wet tyres, with Friday’s fastest man Philipp Oettl (Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing) P14.

John McPhee (CIP – Green Power) will start his home GP from P19 but with rain expected on Sunday, can he reproduce his Brno 2016 heroics? Find out when the lightweight class go racing at 11:20 local time (GMT +1).

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