Moto3 French GP Qualifying: Martin clinches another pole position

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Jorge Martin took a late pole position in France during a crash-plagued qualifying session.

Martin put in a record-breaking pole lap with a superb 1.42.039 to put his Del Conca Gresini bike back into pole position. The young Spaniard is currently sporting a heavily strapped up wrist after a crash in Jerez which saw four riders retire, three of the four requiring medical checks. Jakob Kornfeil put in a stellar performance to qualify in second, his best results since 2014. Enea Bastianini rounds out the front row in third. The Italian is also riding injured with muscle damage after being caught up in the lap 18 drama in Jerez, an injury that will have been exacerbated by a huge high-side at turn seven.

Aron Canet qualified in fourth position but will start tomorrow’s race in dead last once his penalty has been applied. Canet was handed the hefty penalty after a dangerous move on lap 18 in Jerez saw him lose control of his bike and collect Martin, Bastianini and Tony Arbolino. This penalty promotes everyone behind him up the grid.

Jerez podium finisher, Marcos Ramirez, will now start in fourth position. Albert Arenas recovered from his turn 14 crash to line up in fifth position with championship leader Marco Bezzecchi in sixth. Bezzecchi was also a crasher in qualifying, falling at turn seven but was able to remount.

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Niccoló Antonelli takes seventh with Fabio DiGiannantonio in eighth and Andrea Migno in ninth. DiGiannantonio was lucky to escape without an injury after losing the front end of his Del Conca Gresini bike in FP1 at turn two, causing him to sit out of the remaining FP1 session. Lorenzo Dalla Porta lines up in 10th on the grid alongside Jerez race winner Philipp Oettl in 11th and Darryn Binder in 12th.

Arbolino will start in 13th with Tatsuki Suzuki in 14th and a struggling Nicolò Bulega in 15th. Arbolino will be itching to make a statement this weekend after his possible podium finish in Jerez was ripped from his hands as he was collected in the Canet crash. Kaito Toba lines up in 16th alongside fellow countryman Kazuki Masaki in 17th and rookie Alonso Lopez in 18th.

Makar Yurchenko recovered from a hefty turn six crash to start in 19th. Yurchenko was seen retrieving his visor after the crash and looking rather wobbly but thankfully regained his balance to walk off the track. Jaume Masia, yet another high-side crasher from qualifying, starts in 21st with Livio Loi in 22nd. Dennis Foggia will start in a disappointing 23rd, 11 places below his previous qualifying position. Gabriel Rodrigo was unable to improve on his first qualifying lap after crashing three minutes into the session. The high-side crash at turn 14 saw the Argentinian stretchered away for medical assessment, no update on his condition has been released as of yet. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat will begin in 24th.

The Petronas Sprinta teammates, Ayumo Sasaki and Adam Norrodin will start in 25th and 26th respectively. The teammates were both lucky to walk away from two huge high-side crashes as Sasaki fell victim to the final corner in FP1 whilst turn six caught Norrodin out in qualifying. John McPhee will start the race in 27th. McPhee qualifying in 26th position but was handed a six place penalty for irresponsible riding after wiping out Foggia and Dalla Porta in Jerez, ending both of their races. McPhee will be joined at the back by Canet, a fellow Jerez penalty sufferer.

**All qualifying positions are WITH penalties applied**.

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Full results without penalties applied here.

After two eventful days and more crashes than you can keep track of, this weekend’s Moto3 race is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

Can Martin convert another pole into a win or will dark horse Bezzecchi show us exactly why he’s leading the championship? Plus, how much more carbon fibre can be shed on one track? Allons-y!

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