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Marquez on pole following eventful qualifying run

Marquez on pole following eventful qualifying run

The Moto3™ pole was taken by Alex Marquez at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky, with Isaac Viñales and Niccolo Antonelli also securing front row slots. Intermittent rain and a red flag whilst an air fence was repaired made it a tricky session for the riders.

Despite an accident in the Brno QP Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) took a second pole position of his career, with his compatriot Viñales (Calvo Team) joining him on the front row with a time 0.223s behind the pole lap. Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN) improved late on (+0.315s) to take third.

Marquez crashed mid-session after running onto the gravel to avoid traffic as light rain started to fall, but despite a heavy tumble he was able to return for the rest of the session and take pole. The rain was intermittent and fell only at specific points on the track making it a tricky session for the riders to judge.

Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) and Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will line up on row two for what promises to be another exciting Moto3 race.

The session was red flagged after a Philipp Oettl (Interwetten Paddock Moto3) crashed with just under ten minutes remaining. The rider was not injured but his bike was damaged and there was a delay whilst an air fence was repaired.

Before that red flag Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) was on provisional pole – at the 133rd Grand Prix of his long career – but ultimately he would qualify seventh. Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) and Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3) qualified eighth and ninth respectively despite a late QP crash for Vazquez and a Friday spill for Bastianini which left him riding with a broken heel on Saturday.

Vazquez went down right at the end of the session, unable to continue as he fell heavily at turn 6. The Spanish rider who won at Indy was helped away by safety officials on foot.

The top ten was completed by Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46), so the Italian will therefore head row four.

For full Brno Moto3 QP results click here.


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