Martin Strikes Late to Snatch Mugello Pole


Jorge Martin - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Jorge Martin claimed his fourth pole in six races after a sensational late burst in qualifying at Mugello. The Spaniard was able to find the most time in a frantic finish to the session as several riders improved, Martin edging out British Talent Team rider John McPhee and championship leader Joan Mir.

With Mugello’s long home straight putting a large premium on a slipstream, the riders were often seen venturing out together to find themselves a tow. Joan Mir didn’t have much opportunity to utilise it in the early stages though after crashing at San Donato before he had even put a lap time on the board. He wasn’t the only rider to hit trouble though, with Nicolo Bulega highsiding at turn twelve on his fourth lap.

Mir finally re-joined the action with fifteen minutes to go, at which stage the two Gresini riders were trading pole position times. Fabio Di Giannantonio had made the early running with a 1:57.818 and although Martin usurped him thirteen minutes from time, Fabio responded immediately to ensure he would hold top spot ahead of the final runs.

McPhee had barely figured in the top ten through the entire session but a perfectly timed slipstream allowed the Briton to vault all the way up to first on his final lap, clocking a 1:57.324, while Mir was circulating close behind, jumping from 22nd to second with a 1:57.370. Martin would have the last word though, and although he didn’t benefit from a slipstream on the run to the line, Jorge had enough time in hand to claim pole by 0.148s.

Di Giannantonio, the long-time polesitter, fell to fourth ahead of Bulega who recovered from his early crash to qualify fifth. Juanfran Guevara starts sixth ahead of Romano Fenati and the ever-impressive Marcos Ramirez while Bo Bendsneyder and Tatsuki Suzuki complete the top ten.

Moto3 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley – Qualifying Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
188. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto31:57.176
217. John McPheeHondaBritish Talent Team1:57.324
336. Joan MirHondaLeopard Racing1:57.370
421. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto31:57.595
58. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR461:57.768
658. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA BOE Racing Team1:57.912
75. Romano FenatiHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers1:57.954
842. Marcos RamirezKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate1:57.978
964. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:57.993
1024. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse1:58.053
1195. Jules DaniloHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers1:58.080
1223. Niccolo AntonelliKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:58.123
1316. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR461:58.123
1444. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:58.141
1540. Darryn BinderKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate1:58.189
1665. Philipp OettlKTMSüdmetall Schedl GP Racing1:58.233
1733. Enea BastianiniHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:58.253
1896. Manuel PaglianiMahindraCIP1:58.279
1948. Lorenzo Dalla PortaMahindraMAHINDRA Northgate Aspar1:58.300
2075. Albert ArenasMahindraMAHINDRA Northgate Aspar1:58.418
2184. Jakub KornfeilPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint1:58.684
2214. Tony ArbolinoHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse1:58.719
237. Adam NorrodinHondaSIC Racing Team1:58.928
2412. Marco BezzecchiMahindraCIP1:58.941
2571. Ayumu SasakiHondaSIC Racing Team1:59.042
2611. Livio LoiHondaLeopard Racing1:59.067
2727. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia1:59.092
2841. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia1:59.720
294. Patrik PulkkinenPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint1:59.922
306. Maria HerreraKTMAGR Team2:00.413
3130. Edoardo SintoniMahindra3570-MTA2:00.543
NQ19. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Racing TeamNo Time