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Moto3 Aragon: Bastianini boosts hopes with pole, Binder seventh

Enea Bastianini saw his benchmark time hold for the final fifteen minutes to take pole in Saturday's qualifying for the Moto3 Aragon Grand Prix.
Enea Bastianini continued to close the season strongly with his third pole since Assen as his time survived a late flurry of fast laps to leave him in the top spot on the grid for the Moto3 Grand Prix in Aragon.

The Gresini rider is the only man who can still halt Brad Binder's title charge and the Italian put himself in a great place to do so with his 1m 58.293s, set with fifteen minutes remaining held with his own late fast lap halted after a great late save.

His main rival on the timesheets Jorge Navarro, pushed to rise up to second for Estrella Galicia 0,0, just 0.2s short of the pole time.

They will be joined on the front row by Livio Loi, the RW Racing rider completing an all Honda front row after some controversial waiting for a tow in the pit lane saw him slipstream his way to third.

Gabriel Rodrigo used similar tactics to sit in fourth as the top KTM at the chequered flag, though the RBA rider, like Loi, will along with Nico Antonelli, Jakub Kornfeil and Fabio Spiranelli all drop down the grid after receiving penalties for riding slowly in practice – four places for everyone except Spiranelli who received five.

Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia) was the top rookie in qualifying and sits fifth, just ahead of Philipp Oettl – the Schedl GP Racing man ran some superb solo laps on his way to sixth.

Red Bull KTM Ajo man Brad Binder will have his first shot at the Moto3 title from seventh, he plummeted down the timesheets after his final lap was thwarted after contact with Stefano Valtulini as the pack struggled to find space in the final crowded minutes.

Fabio Quartararo stayed inside the track limits when it counted for eighth for Leopard, Hiroki Ono improved to take ninth for Honda Team Asia while the final spot inside the top ten went to Bo Bendsneyder on the second Red Bull machine.

Jorge Martin was the top Mahindra for Aspar in eleventh, with John McPhee the top of their Peugeot riders in 17th, ahead of his tea-mate Albert Arenas in 22nd.

Fabio DiGiannantonio was the only crasher having the stones shaken out at turn five in the middle of the session, he had already done enough for 13th for Gresini.

Joan Mir recovered from his Friday stomach illness well enough to ride but could only place 27th, the Leopard rider was a double winner at the circuit in the CEV in 2015.

Wild-card Gabriel Martinez-Abrego becomes the first Mexican world championship rider. The Mahindra rider will start his landmark debut race from 34th after missing much of the session with a technical issue.

by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: Moto3 , Bastianini

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