2 April 2016
Moto3 Argentina: Binder in control for maiden pole
Brad Binder ran a perfect session with an early hot lap handing him his first Moto3 pole at the Argentina Grand Prix.
Round two of the Moto3 season at Termas de Rio Hondo got off to a flying start for Brad Binder, who bagged his first ever pole position in style in qualifying for the Argentina Grand Prix.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider put in a stunning 1m 49.767s lap, with a hefty sixteen minutes of the session remaining, leaving the South African able to relax in the pits and avoid the inevitable last minute rush for a hot lap.
Binder thanked his team for all their hard work which he claimed left him only needing to find a good slipstream to post an unbeatable lap, the best time set this weekend.
Second went to Romano Fenati, a previous winner at the track.
The Italian found the perfect space after leaving the pit solo as the session drew to a close, leaving him enough room on track to ride his Sky Racing Team VR46 bike cleanly on his final tour to move into second on the grid, just 0.3s behind Binder.
Jorge Navarro completes the front row as the best Honda rider taking third for Estrella Galicia 0,0.
Behind the experienced front row is a second row filled with classy rookie performances.
The best of those performances came from 17-year-old Malaysian rider Khairul Idham Pawi, who looked confident despite the tricky track conditions at the circuit.
Sadly for the Honda Team Asia rider he will not maintain his position to the race with a grid penalty of three places due to be applied for riding slowly in practice.
Nicolo Bulega continued to impress after a strong first outing in Qatar and took the flag fifth on the second Sky entry.
Joan Mir completes the provisional second row in sixth for Leopard Racing.
Enea Bastianini had been the man to beat after a strong Friday but in the all important qualifying session the Gresini rider could only find enough for seventh.
Niccolo Antonelli leads the championship for the first time after winning the Qatar opener, but never looked likely to lead at the end of the session after finding practice tough going, the Ongetta-Rivacold riders personal best only enough for eighth.
Fabio Quartararo took ninth as he continues his successful transition to KTM with the Leopard team, with Livio Loi again in the mix for RW Racing to complete the top ten.
John McPhee found himself in 28th despite the Mahindra fairing upgrade changes with his team-mate Alexis Masbou not many grid slots ahead in 23rd.
Darryn Binder was the first to slide out after just four minutes, allowing him time to return and finish the session.
The only home rider in the paddock; Gabriel Rodrigo; was next to tumble, pulling grass out of his bike before rejoining only to fall again in the final four minutes, taking the left handlebar off his KTM.
Aron Canet then got squeezed off track by a racing Andrea Migno as the session drew to it's conclusion, slammed into the track hard from his Estrella Galicia machine. His highside ended several late flying laps.
Immediately following the Spaniards fall a four-man incident at turn two saw Francesco Bagnaia, Lorenzo Petrarca, Juanfran Guevara and Karel Hanika all finish their day in the gravel.
It was particularly bad news for Hanika who was desperately trying for higher than 28th as he is also due a three place penalty on the grid after touring during practice.
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