Binder Claims Maiden Moto3 Pole in Argentina

Brad Binder continued his positive start to the 2016 Moto3 season by claiming the first pole position of his Grand Prix career in Argentina. The South African missed out on his first victory in Qatar by seven thousandths of a second but no-one would deny him in qualifying at Termas de Rio Hondo as he dominated the session.

Romano Fenati was the quickest rider through free practice but Binder immediately took control when qualifying got underway, clocking a 1:50.217.  The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider remained unbeaten until the halfway stage when an unlikely challenge emerged in the shape of Malaysian rookie Khairul Idham Pawi who edged ahead with a 1:50.204.

Any hopes of a maiden pole position for the Team Asia rider had been dashed before the session started with Pawi picking up a three-place grid penalty for dangerous riding in free practice but Binder ensured he wouldn’t top the qualifying timesheets, setting a 1:49.767 with sixteen minutes remaining to put pole position out of his rivals’ reach.

Romano Fenati would get closest, putting in a 1:50.091 in the dying seconds to edge out Jorge Navarro while Pawi was relegated to fourth, leaving him seventh on the grid once his penalty is applied. Nicolo Bulega will be promoted to fourth as a result with former CEV rival Joan Mir alongside in fifth, just ahead of Enea Bastianini. Pawi will have championship leader Niccolo Antonelli and Leopard rider Fabio Quartararo for company on row three while Livio Loi rounds out the top ten on tomorrow’s grid.


Moto3 Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:49.767
25. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR461:50.091
39. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:50.134
489. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia1:50.204
58. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR461:50.278
636. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing1:50.342
733. Enea BastianiniHondaGresini Racing Moto31:50.392
823. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:50.400
920. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing1:50.428
1011. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV1:50.522
1176. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team Asia1:50.710
1258. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team1:50.714
1365. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing1:50.716
1444. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:50.733
1584. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:50.753
1616. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR461:50.904
177. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:50.948
1819. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team1:51.001
1988. Jorge MartinMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto31:51.024
2055. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing1:51.037
2195. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:51.146
2264. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:51.194
2310. Alexis MasbouPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint1:51.196
244. Fabio di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto31:51.231
2521. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto31:51.408
266. Maria HerreraKTMTeam Laglisse1:51.416
2724. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker1:51.474
2817. John McPheePeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint1:51.729
2998. Karel HanikaMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate1:52.392
3043. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia1:52.737
3140. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate1:53.310
3277. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia1:53.704
333. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker1:54.463