Moto GP

Karel Hanika on pole at Jerez Red Bull Rookies Round

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Karel Hanika maintained his incredible momentum with pole position at Jerez for the Spanish Grand Prix round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

The 17-year-old Czech took pole and a Race 2 victory in Austin and in Jerez has qualified ahead of Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini and Diego Perez going into the 3rd race of the year.

It was Hanika's day, he bettered 15-year-old Martin in the first session as well and that was no real surprise as he had dominated both preseason two-day tests earlier in the year.

The first free practice session was cancelled due to a total power failure at the track and therefore the planned first qualifying was extended to 40 minutes and classed as free practice. That left a single 30 minute qualifying session.

Everyone was running new tyres for the final session and Martin only took a couple of laps to get settled in before putting in a quick time to head the table. A lap later Hanika topped him by two tenths with a time almost half a second under the lap record which stands to Spaniard Daniel Ruiz from 2010. Those times were not bettered.

‰ÛÏThat was great, in the end,‰Û

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