Moto3 Mugello Qualifying: Martin continues his Saturday dominance

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Jorge Martin takes another stunning pole position in Italy as local man and current Championship leader, Marco Bezzecchi, starts in fifth.

Martin delivered a flying 1.56.634 lap to claim his 13th pole position and keep up his impressive qualifying performance. Martin will be hoping for a clean getaway on Sunday after two extremely unfortunate DNFs in a row see him drop back to fourth in the championship standings. The Spaniard will be looking to claw back as many points as possible to keep his championship hopes alive.

Martin has some surprising company on the front row. Tatsuki Suzuki and his countryman Ayumu Sasaki line up in second and third respectively. Both Suzuki and Sasaki had a terrible start to the weekend with Suzuki crashing in FP1 and both colliding in a huge crash in FP3 which saw Sasaki stretchered off, thankfully both riders were declared fit to ride.

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The second row will enter tomorrow with a point to prove. Aron Canet lines up in fourth with local boys Marco Bezzecchi in fifth and Fabio Di Gianantonio in sixth. Canet is out to redeem himself after two incidents this season but also to keep his hand in the championship fight. Bezzecchi will be looking to extend his championship lead with a win on home soil whilst Di Gianantonio is looking to take that elusive win after the drama of Le Mans.

FP2 crasher Nicolo Antonelli took seventh after a massive high sider but he was thankfully declared fit to race. Adam Norrodin took an impressive eighth place with the luckiest rider on the grid, Marco Ramirez, in ninth. Kaito Toba lines up in 10th alongside Kazuki Masaki in 11th and Argentinian Gabriel Rodrigo in 12th.

Jaume Masia starts off the fifth row in 13th with Enea Bastianini in 14th and last year’s Mugello winner and Le Mans podium finisher, Andrea Migno. Bastianini’s season seems to be quickly going downhill with three DNFs in five races, the young Italian will be hoping for a miracle or several non-finishers to make up some points. Nicolo Bulega, once again, qualified in 16th place with Leopard Racing’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta in 17th and Argentina pole man Tony Arbolino in 18th.

John McPhee had another disappointing qualifying as he only managed 19th. Jerez winner Philipp Oettl also had a disappointing qualifying, taking 20th ahead of wannabe MotoCross rider Jakub Kornfeil in 21st. Le Mans winner Albert Arenas couldn’t deliver another spectacular performance as he qualified in 22nd ahead of rookie Makar Yurchenko in 23rd and one of this weekend’s wildcards Manuel Pagliani in a decent 24th.

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Darryn Binder’s season continues to be a disappointing one as he only managed 25th in qualifying while rookies Alonso Lopez and Dennis Foggia take 26th and 27th respectively. Foggia will be extremely disappointed with his qualifying performance but will be hoping to pull something out of the bag in front of his home crowd. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat recovered from a crash with Sasuki in FP3 to take 28th with the second wildcard Stefano Nepa in 29th and Livio Loi in 30th for company at the back.

The European races have left everyone breathless with shock crashes and results everywhere you looked, will Mugello’s on track action be as breathtaking as both the previous races and the Tuscan scenery? Can Bezzecchi deliver in front of his home crowd or will another Martin finally get his race luck back?

Full Moto3 qualifying results here.

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