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Martin races to record-breaking pole in Montmelo

Del Conca Gresini Moto3 rider six tenths clear after a final push in qualifying for the Catalan GP

Update: Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46), Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) have been given 3 place grid penalties following the qualifying session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

After a frenetic last dash for the line in Moto3™ qualifying, it’s home hero Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) who will be starting from pole position in the Catalan GP – with an incredible margin over the field of over six tenths.  It’s the fifth time the Spaniard has topped the timesheets in qualifying this season, and the fourth in a row as he masters the craft.

Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) looked set for pole until the final minutes, and will now start second – the same as his position in the Championship – ahead of a first time podium finisher in Mugello, Juanfran Guevara (RBA BOE Racing) to lock out the front row.

Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) heads up Row 2, ahead of Championship leader Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) and Platinum Bay Real Estate rider Marcos Ramirez, who showed more impressive pace after a real step forward this season.

Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia 0,0) stayed at the sharp end in seventh, ahead of rostrum finisher last time out Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3).

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) kept his impressive momentum going in qualifying to cross the line ninth fastest, with Niccolo Antonelli (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completing the top ten.

Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Racing Team) was P11, ahead of a solid qualifying position for Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Aspar Mahindra Moto3) to get back towards the front in P12.

Tony Arbolino (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was thirteenth fastest but will start further back following a 12-place grid penalty for riding slowly on Friday, with compatriot Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) P14 in qualifying but moving forward, as will fifteenth fastest Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

The lights go out at 11:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday as the lightweight runners go racing.

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#CatalanGP: Moto3™ Qualifying Practice

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