Moto3: Bastianini takes the top spot at homeMoto3: Bastianini takes the top spot at home

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Enea Bastianini has come out on top of Moto3 qualifying for tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix, taking the pole position by only 0.173 from Jorge Martin and championship leader Joan Mir to make it an all-Honda front row for tomorrow’s race at Misano.

And speaking afterwards the Estrella Galicia rider says that the result is an important one for him after showing good form at Silverstone last time out.

"I am very happy with this pole because we have demonstrated that Silverstone was not an isolated case, but we have improved. This is a track that goes well with my riding style and, surely, that has been an advantage. Anyway, today was not easy because there were many drivers who were strong, but the sensations with the bike have been good and this has allowed us to roll with a good pace.

“The conditions change continuously, tomorrow I think they have forecast rain, so we'll see what happens. If so, we will have to work to find a good set-up for those conditions. I am happy with the pole, although I care more to do a good race tomorrow.”

Fabio Di Giannantonio leads the second row for tomorrow’s race in fourth, ahead of Romano Fenati and Gabriel Rodrigo – although the Argentinian rider was on for pole until a last corner crash jettisoned Belgian Livio Loi into the air and broke his collarbone, ruling him out of the action.

Brit John McPhee had a difficult day to come home in 18th.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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