Brad Binder snatched pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying at Brno despite having an earlier time chalked off for exceeding track limits. The championship leader eventually got it right on his final lap of the afternoon to deny Andrea Migno a maiden pole position with the Sky VR46 rider forced to settle for a career-best second.
Binder had topped the combined practice timesheets heading into qualifying but Jorge Martin was the surprise pacesetter, clocking a 2:08.138. The Mahindra rider held provisional pole for over fifteen minutes before Enea Bastianini snatched top spot but a sub-2:08 lap was still proving elusive.
That all seemed to have changed with thirteen minutes remaining when Binder shaved four tenths off Bastianini’s benchmark. Crucially though, the South African was adjudged to have run wide at turn nine and his 2:07.684 soon disappeared from the timing screens.
Bastianini regained pole as a result but he was coming under threat from another Aspar Mahindra with Francesco Bagnaia setting red sector times but the Assen winner lost control at turn eleven, losing his grip on a potential pole position and slipping to seventeenth. Perhaps the pressure had told on Bastianini too, as the Gresini rider crashed out himself moments later.
With two key challengers out of play, Migno looked to have timed his run to perfection, going fastest with a 2:07.943, but Binder had finally executed a clean lap just behind him and snatched pole by 0.158s. Bastianini held onto third ahead of Martin while Fabio Di Giannantonio and Nicolo Bulega led the rookie challenge in fifth and sixth respectively.
Niccolo Antonelli starts seventh ahead of Philipp Oettl and another rookie in Aron Canet with Jakub Kornfeil completing the top ten for the SIC squad.
Moto3 HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceske Republiky (Qualifying Result)
|1||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||2:07.785|
|2||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||2:07.943|
|3||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Gresini Racing Moto3||2:08.042|
|4||88. Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team||2:08.138|
|5||4. Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||Gresini Racing Moto3||2:08.257|
|6||8. Nicolo Bulega||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||2:08.333|
|7||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||2:08.337|
|8||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing||2:08.452|
|9||44. Aron Canet||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||2:08.495|
|10||84. Jakub Kornfeil||Honda||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||2:08.496|
|11||17. John McPhee||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||2:08.559|
|12||9. Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||2:08.581|
|13||98. Karel Hanika||KTM||Freudenberg Racing Team||2:08.602|
|14||36. Joan Mir||KTM||Leopard Racing||2:08.613|
|15||58. Juanfran Guevara||KTM||RBA Racing Team||2:08.764|
|16||20. Fabio Quartararo||KTM||Leopard Racing||2:08.789|
|17||21. Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team||2:08.808|
|18||76. Hiroki Ono||Honda||Honda Team Asia||2:08.936|
|19||55. Andrea Locatelli||KTM||Leopard Racing||2:08.995|
|20||11. Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP BV||2:09.012|
|21||7. Adam Norrodin||Honda||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||2:09.064|
|22||19. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||2:09.121|
|23||40. Darryn Binder||Mahindra||Platinum Bay Real Estate||2:09.131|
|24||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||2:09.250|
|25||64. Bo Bendsneyder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||2:09.258|
|26||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||CIP-Unicom Starker||2:09.287|
|27||12. Albert Arenas||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||2:09.551|
|28||6. Maria Herrera||KTM||MH6 Team||2:09.651|
|29||89. Khairul Idham Pawi||Honda||Honda Team Asia||2:09.739|
|30||42. Marcos Ramirez||Mahindra||Platinum Bay Real Estate||2:09.941|
|31||43. Stefano Valtulini||Mahindra||3570 Team Italia||2:10.604|
|32||77. Lorenzo Petrarca||Mahindra||3570 Team Italia||2:11.190|
|33||3. Fabio Spiranelli||Mahindra||CIP-Unicom Starker||2:11.333|