Some great teamwork helped Gabriel Rodrigo to his second pole after claiming his career first at Brno, as qualifying for the Austrian Moto3 Grand Prix came to a frantic climax.

The RBA BOE team put their KTM’s out on track together and reaped the rewards as slipstream power, essential at the track for a fast lap pushed the Argentinian to his second pole.

Though Rodrigo’s grid position was not in doubt a flurry of cancelled laps elevated his team-mate Juanfran Guevara to second, an excellent recovery after dropping his bike into the gravel with fourteen minutes remaining.

Aron Canet also benefited from the late changes gaining one place for a front row start for Estrella Galicia and Honda.

His team-mate Enea Bastianini looked to be back to his best as he held fourth after the shuffle moving up from sixteenth on his final run. The Italian was unhappy after being tagged by Canet earlier in the session and tried to catch him in the pit to make his opinion heard but the Spaniard walked on to his chair.

British Talent Team’s John McPhee saw his final lap elevate him to sixth before being moved up to fifth on the grid.

Red Bull KTM’s Bo Bendsneyder had topped the timesheets before the final chaotic, slow and penalty worthy pit exit by the masses but could not find his way to a beneficial place in the pack he left with and ended up sixth.

Andrea Migno’s late pace pushed him up to seventh for Sky Racing VR46 on the grid. He is joined by Philipp Oettl (Sudmetall Schedl GP) who left the pits late leading out the final train of riders on his way to eighth ahead of the warring Italians Fabio Di Giannantonio and Romano Fenati.

Gresini’s ‘Diggia’ messed up his last run but was the better of the pair overall in ninth, but pulled out of his last lap ahead of Romano Fenati leaving the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers man livid, gesticulating at his fellow countryman before getting back to business and then hunting him down at the practice start after the session where the pair argued.

They will be split on the grid by championship leader and last year’s pole man Joan Mir. The Leopard rider had held second at the chequered flag but was the first to get his final run cancelled by race direction, dropping him to tenth.

Jorge Martin returned to action for Gresini and despite still hobbling in the garage and sitting out the wet FP2 to protect himself still managed 13th for tomorrow’s race.

Jaume Masia makes his debut in a credible 14th replacing the injured Darryn Binder at Platinum Bay Real Estate as the south African continues to recover from his training injury.

Wild-card Gabriel Martinez-Abrigo (Motomex Team Moto3 KTM) returns for 33rd. He is joined by Max Kofler (Motorsport Kofler EU KTM) who claimed 31st.

Kaito Toba was the first faller at turn six, with Tatsuki Suzuki managing a carbon copy of the crash just moments later at the same corner.


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