21 May 2016
Moto3 Mugello: Home pole for fast Fenati
Romano Fenati took pole position with a controlled performance in the Moto3 Italian Grand Prix qualifying session at Mugello, before helping team-mate Migno to second.
A confident Romano Fenati claimed home pole position in qualifying for the Moto3 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Already ahead before the usual last-minute rush for a fast time, Fenati's pole lap of 1m 57.289s was untouched as the session ended.
The Sky Racing Team VR46 rider was so confident that he was the last to leave the pits for a final run, returning to track with just three minutes remaining and behind a surge of riders who bizarrely went back into the pit having already left resulting in a mad dash for a final last lap.
Clear of that, the KTM rider instead helped pull his team-mate Andrea Migno to second on the grid, he was initially third but gained a place after Fracesco Bagnaia had his final lap cancelled.
Migno's second is his best ever qualifying result, third place man Idham Khairul Pawi (Honda Team Asia) also manages the same feat after flying up the order on his final turn of the iconic track and is the best placed Honda rider after securing his first front row start.
After destroying his main bike in his FP3 crash Brad Binder returned with a solid performance for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team. His final lap was a slow one as he reduced speed when realising the huge train of riders following him out of the pits, but the move saw him drop out of front row contention.
Behind the back-to-back winner on the grid is Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Jorge Navarro, in fifth and unable to find any late speed after the team got the timing of their final run wrong , leaving the Spaniard unable to start a flying lap before the chequered flag waved.
Sixth on the grid went to Gresini's Enea Bastianini, who missed the Le Mans round through injury.
Nicolo Bulega set a time good enough for row three, in seventh on the third Sky Racing entry after making no gain on his final turn of the track behind Binder.
Aspar Mahindra rider Bagnaia saw his podium pleasure evaporate as his last lap, also in that following group was deemed to have exceeded track limits at turn five, pushing him back to eighth.
Aron Canet had the same issues as his Estrella Galicia team-mate and had to settle for ninth, while fellow Spaniard Joan Mir completes the top ten for Leopard, and ahead of his team-mate Fabio Quartararo who struggled to 13th.
Hiroki Ono could not quite match his practice form and just missed out on a top ten start in eleventh for Honda Team Asia.
Fabio Di Giannantonio also impressed with his best qualifying since joining Moto3, spurred on by the home crowd for twelfth for Gresini.
Niccolo Antonelli ruined his session when he placed his tyre on the white line and flew into the scenery, smashing his Honda in half as it hit the barrier head on, but luckily avoiding injury. The Italian was ninth at the time of his crash but fell down the timesheets to 22nd.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta returns to Moto3, sitting in for the injured Philipp Oettl, who misses Mugello after surgery to his right hand, and put in a strong performance for 14th.
The Peugeot MC Saxoprint team again found the going tough with Alexis Masbou 27th, one place ahead of his team-mate John McPhee.
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