Brad Binder claimed his fourth pole position of 2016 at Misano despite a climax to qualifying that was dominated by traffic. The South African picked his way through the mayhem to break the qualifying record, ensuring he outpaced Italian duo Enea Bastianini and Nicolo Bulega.
Austrian GP winner Joan Mir had finished free practice as the fastest rider but qualifying got off to a tricky start for the Spaniard, his Leopard KTM sidelined for a long spell with apparent mechanical problems. While the rookie watched on, Binder got straight down to business with a 1:42.699 handing him provisional pole at the halfway stage.
The championship leader appeared to be running an alternative strategy to the rest of the field, waiting for the traffic to clear before venturing out alone, but Binder was forced to watch on as Bulega replaced him at the top of the leaderboard, the Sky VR46 rider clocking a 1:42.631.
As the traffic intensified in the dying seconds, Bulega’s time looked set to remain unbeaten but Binder found enough clear track to set a blistering first three sectors. With the finish line in sight, the Ajo rider caught Maria Herrera and lost valuable time but fortunately for him, he already had enough in hand to maintain pole position pace, pipping Bulega by a quarter of a second.
Bastianini shadowed Binder on the final lap and was rewarded with second while Bulega held onto a front row spot despite a late improvement by Jakub Kornfeil. The Czech rider lines up fourth with Estrella Galicia pair Jorge Navarro and Aron Canet alongside while Philipp Oettl heads row three, joined by Hiroki Ono and Juanfran Guevara.
Moto3 GP TIM Di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (Qualifying Result)
|1||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:42.398|
|2||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Gresini Racing Moto3||1:42.548|
|3||8. Nicolo Bulega||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||1:42.631|
|4||84. Jakub Kornfeil||Honda||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||1:42.659|
|5||9. Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||1:42.710|
|6||44. Aron Canet||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||1:42.842|
|7||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing||1:42.955|
|8||76. Hiroki Ono||Honda||Honda Team Asia||1:42.962|
|9||58. Juanfran Guevara||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:42.985|
|10||4. Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||Gresini Racing Moto3||1:43.033|
|11||19. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:43.080|
|12||88. Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Gaviota Mahindra Aspar||1:43.112|
|13||55. Andrea Locatelli||KTM||Leopard Racing||1:43.120|
|14||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||1:43.133|
|15||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||1:43.222|
|16||36. Joan Mir||KTM||Leopard Racing||1:43.291|
|17||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||1:43.345|
|18||11. Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP BV||1:43.348|
|19||20. Fabio Quartararo||KTM||Leopard Racing||1:43.490|
|20||62. Stefano Manzi||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||1:43.684|
|21||64. Bo Bendsneyder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:43.761|
|22||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||1:43.768|
|23||6. Maria Herrera||KTM||MH6 Team||1:43.793|
|24||7. Adam Norrodin||Honda||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||1:43.981|
|25||21. Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Gaviota Mahindra Aspar||1:43.991|
|26||12. Albert Arenas||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||1:44.020|
|27||89. Khairul Idham Pawi||Honda||Honda Team Asia||1:44.205|
|28||42. Marcos Ramirez||Mahindra||Platinum Bay Real Estate||1:44.211|
|29||17. John McPhee||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||1:44.292|
|30||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||CIP-Unicom Starker||1:44.314|
|31||43. Stefano Valtulini||Mahindra||3570 Team Italia||1:44.713|
|32||77. Lorenzo Petrarca||Mahindra||3570 Team Italia||1:44.740|
|33||40. Darryn Binder||Mahindra||Platinum Bay Real Estate||1:44.901|
|34||3. Fabio Spiranelli||Mahindra||CIP-Unicom Starker||1:45.687|
|35||71. Alex Fabbri||Mahindra||Minimoto Portomaggiore||1:46.133|