Moto3: Bagnaia claims Moto3 pole as rain falls at Silverstone

Published: 03 September 2016

Pecco Bagnaia secured pole position for tomorrow’s Moto3 race in a sodden qualifying session at Silverstone.  

The heavens opened ahead of the first of the afternoon’s three qualifying sessions and with the Moto3 boys having not been out in the wet so far this weekend, a large number of riders were caught out by the tricky conditions including fastest man so far this weekend Jorge Navarro and Britain’s John McPhee.

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Bagnaia took control of the 40-minute session from the early stages before going on to take his maiden pole position on the 11th of his 15 laps ahead of Mahindra’s 99th Grand Prix.

Enea Bastianini placed second to line up on the front row for Gresini Honda, while Bo Bensneyder clinched third spot for Ajo Motorsport KTM but faces a five place drop after a penalty for repeatedly touring on the racing line.

This moves Italian Niccolo Antonelli up on to the front row despite a heavy crash at Woodcote towards the end of the session. Championship leader Brad Binder was fifth quickest, but will move up to fourth due to his team mate’s penalty, with Joan Mir and Jules Danilo completing the second row.

It was a disastrous session for John McPhee, who tumbled from his Peugeot Mahindra early in the session to miss vital track time. He’ll start his home race from 17th on the grid. 

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