Antonelli Snatches Brno Pole in Chaotic Qualifying


Niccolo Antonelli claimed the second Moto3 pole position of his career after a qualifying session marred by traffic at Brno. Despite earlier warnings that penalties would be handed out for slow riding during qualifying, many riders saw laps destroyed by others cruising ahead, although Antonelli found a clear lap in amongst the traffic to snatch pole from Danny Kent.

Understandably, Kent began the session as favourite for pole having topped the free practice times but the Estrella Galicia teammates had other ideas early in qualifying. Jorge Navarro clocked a 2:08.463 on his first run but his younger teammate was emerging as a serious threat to a potential maiden pole, going quicker at the halfway stage with a 2:08.020.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, Kent took control with a 2:07.848 but any control disappeared out of the window on his last run with traffic dominating. While the championship leader was caught up with the Sky VR46 KTMs of Romano Fenati and Andrea Migno, Navarro ghosted back to the top with a 2:07.700. As the chequered flag flew, Kent finally found himself enough clear tarmac to set a representative lap time, taking him back ahead of Navarro, but Antonelli had usurped the pair of them with a 2:07.667.

Quartararo will head the second row ahead of 2014 Brno winner Alexis Masbou while Brad Binder leads the Red Bull KTM Ajo challenge in sixth, one place ahead of teammate and home favourite Karel Hanika. John McPhee built on his maiden podium last weekend with a top ten qualifying result but Enea Bastianini looks unlikely to make up further ground in the title chase after qualifying down in fifteenth.

 

MOTO3 bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY: QUALIFYING RESULT

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
123. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:07.667
252. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing2:07.669
39. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:07.700
420. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:07.815
510. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG2:07.886
641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:08.115
798. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:08.116
87. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing2:08.283
988. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:08.322
1017. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG2:08.420
1195. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:08.483
1244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:08.495
1358. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:08.517
1432. Isaac VinalesKTMRBA Racing Team2:08.555
1533. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto32:08.598
1640. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team2:08.616
172. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP2:08.643
1876. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing2:08.645
195. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR462:08.720
2084. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:08.750
2124. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP2:08.856
2255. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto32:08.901
2348. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse2:08.950
2465. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing2:08.953
2591. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team2:09.061
2616. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR462:09.277
2721. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:09.433
2831. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team2:09.433
2911. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP2:09.473
3019. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team2:09.583
3129. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia2:09.653
326. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse2:09.724
3363. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:10.318
3497. Maximilian KapplerFTR HondaSaxoprint-RTG2:10.426
3512. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia2:10.695
3686. Kevin HanusHondaTeam Hanusch2:13.210