Moto3 Le Mans, Qualifying: Record on pole for Martin, front row for Kornfeil and Bastianini

Jorge Martin conquered the leading position in this Qualifying with an amazing final lap. Kornfeil and Bastianini (a bad high-side for him at the beginning of the round) followed while the World Championship leader Bezzecchi finished 6th.

The name we find leading Qualifying is always the same: Jorge Martin, who made an excellent final lap in 1:42.039 (4 thousandths faster than the record on pole set by Vazquez back in 2014) gaining the first position on the starting grid again. Jakub Kornfeil will also experience the front line; he arrived 2nd, him best absolute position in Qualifying. Enea Bastianini finished 3rd, despite falling at the beginning of the round. The World Championship leader Bezzecchi got the 6th place, ahead of Antonelli, Di Giannanotonio, and Migno. The race will start at 11 AM on Sunday.

Just a few seconds after the beginning of this Qualifying, we witnessed the first fall: it was rookie Jaume Masia who crashed on Turn 4, luckily with no serious injuries. Accidents didn’t end there: the worst ones were Enea Bastianini’s (rider ok) and Gabriel Rodrigo’s high-sides, and the latter had to be carried away on a gurney and taken to the Medical Center. In addition, there were other crashes suffered by Arenas, Bezzecchi and the two Italian riders of the CIP Team – Green Power, Yurchenko and McPhee, together with Norrodin’s final highside. Half-way through the round, Qualifying had to be temporarily interrupted to allow race officials to clean up the track after Rodrigo’s fall: at that point, Canet was leading ahead of four Italian riders, Di Giannantonio, Antonelli, Bezzecchi, and Migno.

Initially, the final battle for the pole position seemed to end in favor of Enea Bastianini, who registered a great time; but it was Jorge Martin who eventually managed to conquer the leading position. Jakub Kornfeil closed 2nd overtaking the Leopard Racing rider, while Marcos Ramirez finished 4th ahead of Albert Arenas and Italian riders Marco Bezzecchi, Niccolò Antonelli, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Andrea Migno. Aron Canet saw his best time (4th) canceled because he didn’t respect track boundaries: he managed to remain in the top 10 but will have to start from the last position because of the hit in Jerez.

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