Moto3: Bastianini on pole as rivals fall

Published: 16 July 2016

Enea Bastianini has taken pole position for tomorrow’s German Moto3 race at Sachsenring, making the most of a session that saw trouble befall many of his title rivals.

The Italian finished the day 0.3 ahead of Andrea Locatelli, with Aron Canet taking the final spot on the front row. Bo Bendsneyder, Jorge Navarro and championship leader Brad Binder made up the second row.

Jules Danilo was seventh, ahead of an excellent ride from Scotsman John McPhee in eighth. Making the most of a new gearbox to fix issues that have plagued them all season, McPhee has been adamant that improving his qualifying will allow him to run with the front group.

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But it was a disaster for many of his championship rivals, with both Romano Fenati and Niccolò Antonelli falling when Danny Webb’s Mahindra put down oil and brought out the red flags. Antonelli is out of the weekend with a broken collarbone, while Webb’s shoulder needed stitches.

Fenati will start from 17th, with teammates Nicolo Bulega 21st and Andrea Migno 30th, while winner last time out Francesco Bagnaia was outside the top ten in 11th.

 

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