Argentina Moto3: Binder beats Fenati to take maiden pole

South African rider Brad Binder secured his first ever Grand Prix pole position after topping a typically close Moto3 qualifying session by three tenths of a second in Argentina.

Binder, who was second quickest after final practice behind Romano Fenati, set the pace early on in the session with a benchmark of 1m50.217s on the opening runs.

That stood until Malaysian rookie Khairul Idham Pawi caused a stir by topping the times on the second runs, the Honda Team Asia man beating Binder's time by a scant 0.011s.

Ajo KTM rider Binder nonetheless quickly responded with a 1m49.767s to retake the top spot and seal his first pole position on his 77th attempt at Grand Prix level.

Fenati ultimately proved his closest challenger as the Sky Racing KTM rider vaulted up to second in the closing stages, 0.324s off the pace, narrowly ahead of Estrella Galicia Honda's Jorge Navarro.

That demoted Pawi to fourth place, but having taken a penalty for unsporting behaviour in practice, he drops to seventh behind fellow rookies Niccolo Bulega (Sky Racing KTM) and Joan Mir (Leopard KTM), as well as Enea Bastianini (Honda).

Qatar winner Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta Honda) and Fabio Quartararo (Leopard KTM) complete the third row behind Pawi, while Livio Loi (RW Honda) rounds off the top 10.

Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia Honda) will start 14th after suffering a nasty high-side at Turn 5, while Qatar podium finisher Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra) was one of four riders involved in a late pile-up and will start well down in 25th.

Qualifying results:

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 South Africa Brad Binder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 1:49.767
2 Italy Romano Fenati  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:50.091
3 Spain Jorge Navarro  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW 1:50.134
4 Italy Nicolo Bulega  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:50.278
5 Spain Joan Mir  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:50.342
6 Italy Enea Bastianini  Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW 1:50.392
7 Malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 1:50.204
8 Italy Niccolo Antonelli  Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 1:50.400
9 France Fabio Quartararo  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:50.428
10 Belgium Livio Loi  RW Racing GP BV Honda NSF250RW 1:50.522
11 Japan Hiroki Ono  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 1:50.710
12  Juan Francisco Guevara  RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 1:50.714
13  Philipp Oetll Schedl GP Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:50.716
14  Aron Canet  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW 1:50.733
15 Czech Republic Jakub Kornfeil  Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 1:50.753
16 Italy Andrea Migno  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:50.904
17 Malaysia Adam Norrodin  Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 1:50.948
18 Spain Gabriel Rodrigo  RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 1:51.001
19 Spain Jorge Martin  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 1:51.024
20 Italy Andrea Locatelli  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:51.037
21 France Jules Danilo  Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 1:51.146
22 France Alexis Masbou  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 1:51.196
23 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio  Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW 1:51.231
24 Italy Francesco Bagnaia  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 1:51.408
25 Spain Maria Herrera  MH6 Laglisse KTM RC 250 GP 1:51.416
26 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 1:51.194
27 Japan Tatsuki Suzuki  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 1:51.474
28 United Kingdom John McPhee  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 1:51.729
29 Italy Stefano Valtulini  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 1:52.737
30 South Africa Darryn Binder  Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 1:53.310
31 Italy Lorenzo Petrarca  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 1:53.704
32 Czech Republic Karel Hanika  Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 1:52.392
33 Italy Fabio Spiranelli  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 1:54.463

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Series Moto3
Event Termas de Rio Hondo
Track Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Drivers Jorge Navarro , Brad Binder , Romano Fenati
Article type Qualifying report