The wind that so strongly affected the final practice sessions calmed down just a little bit by the time qualifying came around and allowed the dust to settle – but not for long, as the Moto3 typhoon hit next. In the end, it was hardly a surprise seeing championship leader Jaume Masia grab a Tissot watch for the third time in his career after securing pole position by a tenth of a second. His closest rival was compatriot Sergio Garcia, who will need to follow it up with another strong performance on Sunday, as the Spaniard takes “pole” in pitlane after being penalised with a pitlane start for irresponsible riding in FP2. That promotes teammates Jeremy Alcoba and Gabriel Rodrigo to the front row of the grid.
Tatsuki Suzuki left it until the very last minute to post a time in Q2 but it worked out for him and the SIC58 rider qualified fifth, opening the second row of the grid due to the penalty ahead. Andrea Migno was on a roll in Q2 after topping Q1 and led the way early on, before getting demoted to a still decent sixth place. Last week’s poleman Darryn Binder found himself at the helm of a big group and had to do it all on his own but he was still fast enough to close the second row of the grid.
John McPhee was three thousandths of a second slower than his teammate and will open the third row of the grid ahead of what was supposed to be Pedro Acosta, but the rookie also got a slap on the wrist all the way to pitlane, promoting fellow rookie Izan Guevara and Jason Dupasquier to row three. Joining Garcia and Acosta in the pitlane will be Romano Fenati, Stefano Nepa, Dennis Foggia, Riccardo Rossi and Deniz Oncu, while rookie Xavier Artigas qualified 16th, is due to start 12th and has a double long lap penalty to serve in tomorrow’s race following the incident in last Sunday.
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