Moto3: Injured Martin takes pole by 0.001

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Jorge Martin once again defied the odds to take pole position for tomorrow’s Moto3 British Grand Prix despite still suffering with a broken wrist.

The Spaniard fractured his left wrist during free practice for the Brno round earlier this month, but didn’t let that hold him back during a weather-interrupted qualifying session at Silverstone this afternoon.

A downpour mid-way through the session made things difficult for the Moto3 riders, but in typical Silverstone style the track was near-dry by the end of the session leading to a one-lap charge from most of the grid in the dying moments.

Martin pipped Bester Capital Dubai KTM’s Jaume Masia to pole by just 0.001 seconds with Leopard’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta third just 0.021 back from the polesitter.

Albert Arenas will head up the second row for the Angel Nieto Team with Fabio Giannantonio, who looked set to clinch pole as the rain came down, fifth ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki.

Gabriel Rodrigo will start seventh ahead of Enea Bastianini while Nicolo Bulega and Marcos Ramirez round out the top ten.

Series leader Marco Bezzecchi will set off 11th after a crash in the closing stages ruled him out of the fight for pole, while Brit John McPhee languishes in 19th as he continues to endure a tough home race. Wildcard Tom Booth-Amos will start 28th.

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing