20 August 2016
Moto3 Czech Republic: Binder snatches late pole as rivals fall
Brad Binder took a thrilling last-gasp pole in qualifying for the Moto3 Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.
Brad Binder secured his third pole of the season in qualifying for the Moto3 Czech Republic grand prix amid a flurry of lap canellations and crashes in the final moments of the session at Brno.
Red Bull KTM Ajo's championship leader had looked to have taken control entering the final ten minutes, but his fastest lap of the track was judged to have exceeded the track limits.
The South African remained calm and after a short spell in the pits returned to claim pole with a lap of 2m 07.785s, good enough, though not his best effort as it was slower than his FP3 top lap.
Andrea Migno was frustrated on his final trip around the tack, falling just short in traffic, but the Sky Racing VR46 riders performance still equalled his best ever qualifying performance in second.
The final front row spot goes to Enea Bastianini, despite being one of the fallers in the dying seconds, just after briefly topping the timesheets. The Gresini rider also had his best lap cancelled after wobbling off track but will be looking for a good result after moving from 15th on the grid to the podium in Brno last season.
Jorge Martin was the early session leader, but too fell in the latter stages while pushing for a final fast lap, the angry Aspar Mahindra man was pictured punching the airbags at turn eleven but also equalled his best qualifying to date.
The second Gresini entry, piloted by Fabio Di Giannantonio will slot into fifth with the last spot on row two going to Nicolo Bulega on the second Sky Racing entry.
2015 pole man Niccolo Antonelli could not repeat the feat for Ongetta-Rivacold and found himself with the seventh best time, eighth went to Schedl GP Racing rider Philipp Oettl and ninth on the grid to Aron Canet for Estrella Galicia 0,0 after some late improvements from the Spaniard.
Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) was the best placing home rider and completed the top ten.
John McPhee was the best of the rest in eleventh, a real boost for the Peugeot MC Saxoprint man, who also out-qualified his new team-mate Albert Arenas, who starts from 27th.
Jorge Navarro, still Binder's nearest title rival, will line up in twelfth after struggling for pace on the second Estrella Galicia entry.
After making history as the first rookie to win from pole since the introduction of the Moto3 class in Austria, Joan Mir was fairly anonymous in a distant 14th for Leopard, but their best qualifier ahead of Fabio Quartararo, who finished the session in 16th but will face an already announced three place grid penalty for irresponsible riding.
Recently departed Karel Hanika returns as a wildcard for his home grand prix with the Freundenberg Racing Team, the Czech rider was the first to fall, swiftly followed by Hiroki Ono.
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