Enea Bastianini put an end to a break lasting since 2016 Misano Round, as he took his ninth pole position in Moto3 at Barcelona. The Leopard Racing rider experienced a tough first part of the season and the aim for this weekend is to make a step forward and go back to the front. The Italian managed to beat “Pole Position King” Jorge Martin, who ranked second with just one tenth of gap, and Tatsuki Suzuki, who scored a great third place for Sic58 Squadra Corse.
In today’s QP, Enea Bastianini was the first one performing one lap below 1’49: and this took him to the lead in the early stages of the session, followed by Ayumu Sasaki, Aron Canet and Jorge Martín. The latter, as his team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio, crashed during the first minutes of Qualifying and this gave Gresini Racing much work to do.
The list of the riders who fell includes also Kaito Toba and Nicolò Bulega and a group crash happened during the final stages involved Albert Arenas, Gabriel Rodrigo and wildcard entry Vicente Perez. But differently from all these riders, Martín and Di Giannantonio could rejoin the track for a time attack.
Finally pole position went to Enea Bastianini, followed by Jorge Martin and Tatsuki Suzuki. Very good fourth place for Ayumu Sasaki, going to open second row in front of Aron Canet and Kaito Toba. John McPhee, Gabriel Rodrigo, Marco Bezzecchi and Lorenzo Dalla Porta closed the top 10. In conclusion, Niccolò Antonelli will not take part in the race, as he dislocated his left shoulder in FP3.