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Bastianini takes second successive pole in Moto3™

 Bastianini takes second successive pole in Moto3™

Enea Bastianini claimed pole for the second Grand Prix in a row, setting a new lap record in the process.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Bastianini once again saved his best performance for qualifying, as he set a new lap record of 1’41.283 in overcast but dry conditions (Track Temp. 35 °C) at the TT Motul Assen. The Italian claimed his second Moto3™ pole position in a row, and in the process laid down an impressive marker to his rivals, as he finished 0.335s ahead of the second placed Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0).

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Karel Hanika (+0.400s) will start from the front row for the first time in his career after ending the session in third. Leopard Racing’s Moto3™ World Championship leader Danny Kent (+0416s), who had dominated through Free Practice, will start from the head of the second row after he could only manage to set the fourth fastest time.

Husqvarna Factory Laglisse’s Isaac Viñales (+0.511s) improved dramatically after finishing Free Practice in 18th to start from fifth, while Miguel Oliveira (+0.522s) on the Red Bull KTM Ajo machine completes the second row.

Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46), Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing) and Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra) completed the top ten, with the latter crashing out at Turn 9 before the end of the session.

Andrea Locatelli crashed early in the session also at turn 9 but recovered to start from 14th on the grid, while SAXOPRINT RTG’s Scottish rider, John McPhee, will have to start the race from down in 23rd.

This was the first time the Moto3™ paddock had to qualify under the new guidelines from Race Direction aimed at preventing riders cruising on the racing line waiting for a tow.

Check out the full Moto3™ Qualifying results; the 22-lap race starts at 11:00 local time on Saturday.

Moto3, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, QP, Jorge Navarro, Enea Bastianini, Karel Hanika, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

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