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Italians swarm the top ten, Fenati seizes pole
A highly tactical session demonstrated the importance of a fast banker lap, Fenati, Migno and Pawi forming the front row.

Track temperature rose above 42å¡C as Qualifying for the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM began in the lightweight class. Attention was on Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) after his big crash in Free Practice 3, the South African was sore but was hopeful of pushing throughout the session. As has become common in the Moto3‰ã¢ World Championship, riders eagerly waited for Binder in order to get a slipstream.

Niccolo Antonelli‰Ûªs (Ongetta Rivacold) 1‰Ûª57.789 was the benchmark before the session. His chance of improving that time quickly become zero as the Italian fell at Turn 15, his bike heading straight into the wall and snapping in two. Antonelli was up and walking, but his session was over.

Going into the final ten minutes Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Brad Binder stood as the fastest riders, KTM locking out the top three. With a slipstream worth over a second around the Mugello circuit, the scene was set for a tactical final five minutes.

Fenati‰Ûªs time would be enough to take his third career pole position, his first in Mugello. Times didn‰Ûªt quite match the pole position record of 2015, Fenati over half a second slower than Danny Kent‰Ûªs record as the Italian secured pole with a 1‰Ûª57.289.

Second had originally been awarded to Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) but his fastest time was cancelled due to exceeding the track limits at Turn 5. As such Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) was promoted from third to second, SKY Racing Team VR46 taking an incredible one-two. This is Migno‰Ûªs first ever front row start in the World Championship. Both he and Fenati will run special liveries for their home round.

Winner of the Argentina GP, Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) will line up third thanks to a 1‰Ûª57.605. Like Migno, this is Pawi‰Ûªs first front row start in the World Championship. Since winning in Argentina, the Malaysian has had trouble recreating his incredible pace and could be a surprise podium challenger on Sunday.

Brad Binder was unable to improve the 1‰Ûª57.661 he set midway through the session as traffic again proved a challenge to deal with. The South African remains confident about his chances in the race. Jorge Navarro‰Ûªs (Estrella Galicia 0,0) strategy in Qualifying didn‰Ûªt quite pan out as he missed a final flying lap, but was still able to grab fifth place and will start just behind the championship leader.

Even with a still healing wrist, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) was able to take sixth place and end within a second of his countryman‰Ûªs best time. Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46), Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3), Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) rounded out the top ten. Five out of the top ten riders were Italian, thrilling the fans who cheered from the hillside.

After his fall, Antonelli ended the session in 22nd and will have significant work to do during the race.

Davide Pizzoli (Procercasa ‰ÛÒ 42 Motorsport) chose to withdraw from the weekend due to an injury he sustained before Le Mans.

Main Photo: Romano Fenati
Credit: MotoGP,com

Moto3 Mugello - Qualifying Results

1. Romano Fenati ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 1m 57.289
2. Andrea Migno ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 1m 57.586
3. Khairul Idham Pawi MAL Honda Team Asia (Honda) 1m 57.605
4. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 57.661
5. Jorge Navarro SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) 1m 57.956
6. Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 (Honda) 1m 57.994
7. Nicolo Bulega ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 1m 58.013
8. Francesco Bagnaia ITA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 58.049
9. Aron Canet SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) 1m 58.123
10. Joan Mir SPA Leopard Racing (KTM) 1m 58.151
11. Hiroki Ono JPN Honda Team Asia (Honda) 1m 58.152
12. Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 (Honda) 1m 58.228
13. Bo Bendsneyder NED Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 58.305
14. Lorenzo Dalla Porta ITA Schedl GP Racing (KTM) 1m 58.343
15. Jorge Martin SPA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 58.344
16. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team (Honda) 1m 58.375
17. Andrea Locatelli ITA Leopard Racing (KTM) 1m 58.426
18. Fabio Quartararo FRA Leopard Racing (KTM) 1m 58.486
19. Karel Hanika CZE Platinum Bay Real Estate (Mahindra) 1m 58.494
20. Tatsuki Suzuki JPN CIP-Unicom Starker (Mahindra) 1m 58.520
21. Gabriel Rodrigo ARG RBA Racing Team (KTM) 1m 58.577
22. NiccolÌ_ Antonelli ITA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 58.606
23. Livio Loi BEL RW Racing GP BV (Honda) 1m 58.676
24. Darryn Binder RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate (Mahindra) 1m 58.745
25. Jules Danilo FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 58.763
26. Juanfran Guevara SPA RBA Racing Team (KTM) 1m 58.767
27. Alexis Masbou FRA Peugeot MC Saxoprint (Peugeot) 1m 58.931
28. John McPhee GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint (Peugeot) 1m 59.041
29. Maria Herrera SPA MH6 Team (KTM) 1m 59.260
30. Stefano Valtulini ITA 3570 Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 59.448
31. Adam Norrodin MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team (Honda) 1m 59.453
32. Fabio Spiranelli ITA CIP-Unicom Starker (Mahindra) 2m 0.482
33. Lorenzo Petrarca ITA 3570 Team Italia (Mahindra) 2m 0.570

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