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Bastianini claims third Moto3™ pole of 2015

Bastianini claims third Moto3™ pole of 2015

Enea Bastianini takes his third pole position of the season while Brad Binder and championship leader Danny Kent complete the front row.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Bastianini set a 1’42.486 in a qualifying session that saw times slower than in FP3 at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Despite this, Bastianini’s time was good enough to beat Jonas Folger's 2013 Pole Record by almost three-tenths of a second to claim his first pole position since Assen.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder seems to have gelled brilliantly with the new chassis and swingarm KTM brought to Misano for all of its teams as he starts from the front row for the first time in his career. The South African was just 0.037s off pole as a number of riders saw lap times cancelled due to running wide at turn 6.

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent (+0.296s) completes the front row after leaving it late to make his move. The championship leader was down in 14th with just 6 minutes to go, but recovered brilliantly to set his best time on his last lap, although it was over half a second slower than the lap record he set in FP3.

Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli (+0.326s) heads up the second row ahead of Romano Fenati (+0.497s) on the Sky Racing Team VR46 KTM in fifth. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira (+0.522s) was in sixth with Kent’s teammate Efren Vazquez setting a time good enough for seventh despite crashing out of the session with 15 minutes to go.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Husqvarna Factory Laglisse) pulled off his best ever qualifying performance to start the race from eighth in just his third Moto3™ race. Phillip Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) and Hiroki Ono (Leopard Racing) completed the top ten with less than a second separating the top 15 riders.

Scotsman John McPhee had his worst Qualifying of the season and will start the race from 26th. Andrea Locatelli (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) crashed out of the season at turn 10 and will be assessed in the morning after scans revealed he had a sacral fracture. Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Jorge Navarro and Fabio Quartararo were both ruled unfit after crashes on Friday and will take no further part in the race weekend.

After the session Race Direction decided to give both Hiroki Ono and Jorge Martin (Mapfre Team Mahindra) a penalty of three grid places and they will be forced to miss 10 minutes of Warm Up for riding slow on the racing line. Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) had his qualifying session cancelled after a technical infringement and will have to start from the back of the grid.

Check out the full Moto3™ Qualifying results; the 23-lap race is scheduled for 11:00am local time on Sunday.

Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, QP, Danny Kent, Enea Bastianini, Brad Binder, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

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