Last Gasp Bastianini Snatches Pole in Germany

Enea Bastianini claimed his second Moto3 pole position in succession with a perfectly-timed lap in the dying seconds of qualifying at the Sachsenring. The Gresini rider denied compatriot Andrea Locatelli his maiden pole but a dramatic start to the session saw three other Italians involved in spectacular crashes.

Unbeknown to much of the field, Danny Webb’s Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra had started to leak oil in the second sector of the lap, causing the Briton to crash out at turn six. The reduced grip at turn four soon caused chaos with Romano Fenati high-siding his KTM while Niccolo Antonelli suffered an identical crash moments later, fracturing his collarbone and ending his weekend. With Fabio Di Giannantonio also coming to grief at the left-hander, race direction brought a halt to the session while the track was cleaned.

Championship leader Brad Binder topped the timesheets prior to the stoppage but the South African was knocked off the top by Locatelli as soon as the session went green again, the Leopard rider clocking a 1:27.497. His teammate Joan Mir was involved in an incident though, colliding with another of the unfortunate Italians, Sky VR46’s Andrea Migno.

Just as Locatelli started to consider a possible pole position, Bastianini changed matters with a sensational 1:27.129 despite the inevitable traffic. Locatelli still maintained a career-best second while Aron Canet completed the front row ahead of fellow rookie Bo Bendsneyder, also a career-best in fourth.

The fit-again Jorge Navarro qualified a superb fifth, ahead of title rival Binder while Jules Danilo took seventh ahead of John McPhee, back on form after a dreadful start to the year. Hiroki Ono rounds out the third row with Jorge Martin, another rider to tumble early in the session, tenth on the Aspar Mahindra. Fenati eventually re-joined after his spill, climbing to eighteenth.


Moto3 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
133. Enea BastianiniHondaGresini Racing Moto31:27.129
255. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing1:27.448
344. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:27.501
464. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:27.522
59. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:27.538
641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:27.566
795. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:27.639
817. John McPheePeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint1:27.739
976. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team Asia1:27.819
1088. Jorge MartinMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto31:27.875
1121. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto31:27.939
1220. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing1:27.990
1358. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team1:28.017
1419. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team1:28.022
1584. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:28.207
168. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR461:28.252
1711. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV1:28.317
185. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR461:28.323
1936. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing1:28.360
2065. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing1:28.390
2189. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia1:28.397
224. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto31:28.424
2324. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker1:28.469
2410. Alexis MasbouPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint1:28.492
256. Maria HerreraKTMMH6 Team1:28.492
267. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:28.698
2743. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia1:28.780
2897. Maximillian KapplerKTMKRM-RZT1:28.955
2923. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:28.973
3016. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR461:29.343
3140. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate1:29.412
3277. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia1:29.619
3327. Tim GeorgiKTMFreudenberg Racing Team1:30.265
343. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker1:30.526
NQ99. Danny WebbMahindraPlatinum Bay Real EstateNo Time