Advantage Fenati: the Italian takes a third pole of 2021

The Husqvarna rider leads an Italian 1-2-3-4 at Misano, with Foggia and Antonelli joining him on the front row

Before summer break, Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) hadn’t had a pole position since 2017. Now, he’s had three! The Italian put in a stunner on home turf to top qualifying at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini by two and a half tenths, now in the perfect position to bounce back from some bad luck last time out. He’s joined by Aragon winner and key rival Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) in second, with Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) forced to settle for third by just 0.007.

The Q1 qualifiers

Carlos Tatay (Avintia Esponsorama Moto3) took the bull by the horns in Q1 to move through with three tenths in hand, followed by Matteo Bertelle despite a crash for the wildcard runner. The Bardahl VR46 Riders Academy rider has been impressive all weekend and kept that rolling as he moved through to Q2. There, he and Tatay were joined by Riccardo Rossi (BOE Owlride) and Ryusei Yamanaka (CarXpert PrüstelGP).
One of last year’s Misano winners, John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing), was the first to lose out – the Brit crashing at Turn 10 and ending the session P5. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse), another rider who’s been on the top step at the track, also suffered a crash and the Japanese rider will have an even bigger mountain to climb on race day as he didn’t get a lap on the board.

How pole was won

Foggia kept his form rolling as the Leopard rider took to the top on provisional pole, laying down the gauntlet early and turning the tables on Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team), who beat him to the top in FP3. And there he stayed until right at the end of the session, with Fenati then pulling the pin and pulling out a quarter of a second to take over on pole. The number 55 has won at Misano more than once and will be pushing to do so again from pole. Foggia nevertheless takes a front row and so does compatriot Antonelli as the number 23 slotted into third, denying Migno a front row start but making it and Italian 1-2-3-4.

The rest of the top ten

Fenati heads the field from Foggia and Antonelli, with the three likely to push for a breakaway and Migno, at the head of the second row, looking to go with them. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took fifth and was only 0.012 off Migno too, finding some good form. Then there’s a slightly bigger gap back to Xavier Artigas (Leopard Racing), with the number 43 bouncing back from Aragon to take top rookie honours on the grid.
Rossi shot forward to line up P7 ahead of Elia Bartolini as the Italian and Sammarinese contingent swarm the grid, with Championship leader Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) shuffled down to ninth, just 0.009 off the wildcard ahead. Tatay completed the top ten, making good on his move through rom Q1. Acosta’s closest challenger, Sergio Garcia (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team), starts P12. It’s advantage Fenati and Foggia so far on home turf, but will that remain true as the lights go out on the Riviera di Rimini? Find out at 11:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday as the lights go out for Moto3™!

Top 10:

1. Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) 1:41.756
2. Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) + 0.257
3. Niccolò Antonelli (Avintia VR46) +0.264
4. Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) + 0.343
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.355
6. Xavier Artigas (Leopard Team) + 0.515
7. Ricardo Rossi (BOE Owlride) + 0.520
8. Elia Bartolini (Avintia VR46) + 0.796
9. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.802
10. Carlos Tatay (Avintia Esponsorama Moto3) + 0.810

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