Bastianini Secures Back-to-Back Moto3 Poles

Enea Bastianini has followed up his maiden Moto3 pole position in Catalunya by topping the qualifying timesheets again at Assen. The Italian will lead Jorge Navarro and Karel Hanika on the front row tomorrow with all three going in search of their first Grand Prix victory.

The three practice sessions had all been led by Danny Kent ahead of Romano Fenati and the championship leader laid down an early marker in qualifying, clocking a 1:41.853 twelve minutes in. Unlike in the earlier sessions though, the Briton didn’t enjoy any level of dominance and approaching the halfway mark, Hanika edged ahead by two tenths.

Fenati was languishing outside the top ten and began to make inroads in the final twenty minutes, climbing to fourth, but it wasn’t until four minutes from time that Hanika’s benchmark was finally toppled. In similar circumstances to Catalunya, Bastianini unleashed a blistering turn of pace on his final run, pulling out four tenths of a second on the competition and in one fell swoop, pole position was secured.

Hanika held onto second until the very last lap of the afternoon when he usurped by Navarro while Danny Kent’s last ditch improvement wasn’t good enough to lift him higher than fourth. Isaac Vinales climbed to fifth ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Fabio Quartararo while Fenati fell all the way back to eighth, one place ahead of the second Leopard Honda of Efren Vazquez.

Francesco Bagnaia rounds out the top ten despite a late crash on his Mapfre Mahindra but a tumble at the beginning of the session proved costly for compatriot Niccolo Antonelli who couldn’t do any better than nineteenth.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
133. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto31:41.283
29. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:41.618
398. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:41.683
452. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing1:41.699
532. Isaac VinalesHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse1:41.794
644. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:41.805
720. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:41.811
85. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR461:41.846
97. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing1:41.980
1021. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:42.202
1141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:42.278
1265. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing1:42.325
136. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse1:42.339
1455. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto31:42.345
1588. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:42.371
1631. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team1:42.397
1716. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR461:42.413
1858. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:42.442
1923. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:42.445
2011. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP1:42.462
2110. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG1:42.528
2276. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing1:42.675
2317. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG1:42.743
2440. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team1:42.803
2584. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:43.016
2619. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team1:43.128
2791. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team1:43.257
2895. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:43.262
2924. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP1:43.397
3063. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:43.438
312. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP1:43.665
3229. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia1:43.871
3322. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team1:43.988
3412. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia1:44.442
3525. Jorel BoerboomKalex KTMFPW Racing1:46.694
3686. Kevin HanusHondaTeam Hanusch1:46.710