Qatar Moto3: Bagnaia leads Mahindra's charge

Aspar Mahindra's Francesco Bagnaia led the Indian constructors pack at the Losail International circuit in the Qatar GP's qualifying session.

The Italian clocked a 2m06.733s to be the top Mahindra rider at 12th with teammate Jorge Martin slotting in at 14th 0.145s away.

Bagnaia has had a mixed run in Qatar after finishing fifth, 13th and 28th in the three practice session while Martin has gradually improved having finished 24th, 11th and ninth respectively.

But both riders haven't been able to get into the 2m05's against Mahindra's rivals Honda and KTM.

In an ultra competitive session under lights, the 19 riders ended within a second of KTM rider Romano Fenati, who took pole.

Among the other Mahindra-powered teams, the Peugeot branded rider Alexis Masbou was the next best at 21st followed by Platinum Bay's Karel Hanika at 23rd.

CIP's Tatsuki Suzuki was 25th followed by the other Platinum Bay rider Darryn Binder at 26th.

The last four positions were filled by John McPhee at 30th, Team Italia's Stefano Valtulini 31st, CIP's Fabio Spiranelli 32nd and Lorenzo Petrarca 33rd.

RiderTeamTime
 Jorge Martin Aspar Mahindra 2:06.733
 Francesco Bagnaia Aspar Mahindra  2:06.931
 Darryn Binder Platinum Bay  2:07.558
 Karel Hanika Platinum Bay  2:07.359
 John McPhee Peugeot SaxoPrint  2:07.847
 Alexis Masbou Peugeot SaxoPrint  2:07.209
 Stefano Valtulini Team Italia  2:08.336
 Lorenzo Petrarca Team Italia  2:10.433
 Fabio Spiranelli CIP  2:10.229
 Tatsuki Suzuki CIP 2:07.441

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Series Moto3
Event Losail
Track Losail International Circuit
Drivers Tatsuki Suzuki , Francesco Bagnaia , Jorge Martin , Darryn Binder , Karel Hanika , Alexis Masbou , John McPhee , Livio Selva , Fabio Spiranelli , Stefano Valtulini
Teams Aspar Racing Team , CIP , Team Italia FMI
Article type Qualifying report